Barbara K. Altmann
Franklin & Marshall College
As the chief executive officer of the college, Altmann’s primary duties include championing the value of a liberal arts education, delivering a world-class education in a residential environment, building connections between the college, Lancaster and the wider world, raising resources and visibility, strategic planning, and – especially these days – crisis management.
She has served as president for two and a half years. Altmann is the college’s 16th president.
“I’m very proud that we have worked hard to reconnect the college with the great city of Lancaster. We also led a residential liberal arts college in the midst of a pandemic while staying true to our mission. The world needs Diplomats more than ever,” she said, referring to the student body’s nickname.
Her most important life lessons: the importance of adaptability, perseverance, resilience, interconnectedness and generosity of spirit. “We have also been reminded dramatically that colleges are a part of the larger world, not apart from it, and have to model how we can operate as a community to work on acute and urgent problems,” Altmann said.
She enjoys reading really, really old books, a passion that comes with being a scholar of the Middle Ages. “I delight in following the adventures of my young-adult children as they navigate this difficult world. Gardening also grounds me. Otherwise, free time isn’t usually in the presidential job description,” she said.
This profile is part of Central Penn Business Journal's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at cpbj.com or in our digital edition.