Franklin & Marshall College President

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, March 26, 2019:

WITF’s Smart Talk program often introduces newly appointed college and university presidents to the central Pennsylvania community soon after they are appointed or take office.

On Tuesday’s Smart Talk, we meet Barbara Altmann, who became the 16th president at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster last summer. Altmann is the first woman to serve as president in the school’s history. She joins several other universities and colleges across Pennsylvania with female presidents.

We’ll talk with President Altmann about her vision for F&M, liberal arts education in today’s world, how students are being prepared for today’s (and tomorrow’s) workforce and college affordability. Franklin and Marshall has historically taken a leadership role in the Lancaster community and we’ll discuss that topic with Dr. Altmann, as well.

Altmann has helped F&M launch the “Now to Next” campaign, which plans to raise $200 million by 2021 to fund student aid, research, and the construction of a new visual arts center.