FRANKLIN – Dr. James G. Moseley, the 15th president of Franklin College, announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the next academic year, June 30, 2015. “When Candace and I came to Franklin College in 2002, we hoped that things would go so well that I would be here as president for 10 years, at which point we would retire. We are now completing year 12 and looking forward to number 13. Both personally and professionally, Franklin College has exceeded every expectation we had. We feel privileged and grateful for these years and for what has truly been the capstone of my career.”
“Under the president’s leadership, Franklin College has realized growth and enrichment, providing an excellent platform for continued success,” said Christine Fields, chair of the board of trustees. “Enrollment has grown and stabilized with 1,000 students on campus, budgets are balanced, the endowment has recovered from the recession, and interest from prospective students is particularly strong.”
“Franklin students and their experiences are most important to us, and this year we received strong affirmation from the National Survey of Student Engagement,” Fields said. The 2013 survey indicated that 94 percent of first-year students participated in a “high-impact practice,” such as a service-learning program, undergraduate research with a faculty member or course with a group-learning component.
Equally important, she noted, the internship program is robust and growing with more than 97 percent of all students completing at least one internship experience before graduating. “These and many other assets created and supported by Dr. Moseley, the faculty, and staff combine to create our ongoing success in producing graduates who are strong candidates for jobs and graduate school,” Fields said.
“Innovative student learning experiences are part of the revamped liberal arts curriculum led by Dr. Moseley,” Fields said. “We have students reporting at the Statehouse, students studying abroad, students involved in campus projects like our sustainability initiative as well as service-learning experiences.”