THE OPPORTUNITY

Founded in 1787, Franklin & Marshall College is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States, with more than 2,300 students. Today Franklin & Marshall College (F&M) continues its dedication to intellectual freedom and critical learning, which are fundamental to a democratic society. The college expects students to see connections, discover community, and understand the centrality of service to the human endeavor. In the summer of 2018, Barbara Altmann assumed the presidency at F&M. After a decade of achievements, including enhancements to its academic program and innovative approaches to promoting student success in and beyond college, F&M is currently on its way to successfully completing the largest comprehensive campaign in its history. This past year it experienced record-setting demand for admission into the Class of 2023.

The Position

ROLE OF THE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS AND RECREATION FOR FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE

The director of athletics and recreation is responsible for providing the leadership, development, and strategic direction for an historic intercollegiate athletics program, as well as the recreation and intramural program which serves the entire student body and all college employees. The director leads and manages an organization with an annual operating budget of over $7.5 million, including 27 Division III intercollegiate teams and Division I wrestling, approximately 600 scholar-athletes, 150 student employees, and over 100 full- and part-time positions throughout the department.

The director is passionate about providing leadership and mentorship to all students and fosters integrity, student well-being, diversity and inclusiveness, and an environment of excellence and success. The director leads a team of coaches and staff with a unified vision and direction that will enable athletics to advance competitively while creating an ethos that supports scholar-athlete development.

Reporting to the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, the director will:

  • be responsible for continuing to enhance the competitiveness of a Division III/Division I intercollegiate athletics program that is imbedded in a strong liberal-arts and academically centered learning environment;
  • provide leadership to staff and coaches and work collaboratively and productively with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Health, and Counseling around an emerging institutional health-and-wellness agenda;
  • work collaboratively with coaches and the Office of Admissions on the recruitment of scholar athletes;
  • develop, implement, and monitor policies and procedures that promote best practices and address personnel development, financial management, facility renovation and enhancement, alumni and community relations, compliance, and regulatory expectations;
  • collaborate with other offices within the division and other key stakeholders such as Academic Affairs, Finance and Administration, Enrollment Management, Facilities Management, Campus Planning, College Advancement, and Alumni Relations;
  • continue the focus on developing relationships with alumni, particularly in support of the athletics program;
  • encourage and promote an inclusive community among all students, faculty, and staff;
  • continue to advance the recreation and intramural program; and

foster principles that encourage integrity, student well-being, diversity, and inclusiveness, while promoting an environment of excellence and success.

HISTORY OF THE POSITION

Patricia S.W. Epps has served as Franklin & Marshall’s director of athletics and recreation since 2007. Epps has served in several capacities within the Athletics Department since 1978, and was appointed Senior Associate Director of Athletics in 2004. Epps announced she will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Epps has led F&M to become one of the top intercollegiate athletics programs in the country. Under her leadership, 138 student-athletes were named All-Americans and 37 teams won conference championships, including 51 NCAA tournament berths and eight teams advancing to the Final Four. The women’s lacrosse program won both the 2007 and 2009 National Championship.

The F&M Diplomats have steadily risen in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings since Epps’ appointment as director, finishing in the top 65 out of 450 Division III institutions in eight out of her 12 years, and reaching 47th in 2008-09.

Epps was instrumental in the construction and implementation of numerous capital facilities projects, including Tylus Field in 2007 and resource development for the $19 million Shadek Stadium in 2018. Additional enhancements to the athletic department during her time as director include the elevation of seven coaches to full-time status.

Under Epps’ leadership, the wrestling program was endowed in fall 2014 with a $5-million gift from David H. Lehman ‘68. She also oversaw two significant projects that transformed the Mayser Physical Education Center: the $2.1-million renovation of the facilities locker rooms in 2014 and the updating of the building’s gymnasium in summer 2019, including the installation of a modern, telescoping bleacher system and two state-of-the-art scoreboards.

During Epps’ term as director, donations to the Diplomat Athletic Club (DAC) have increased by nearly 400 percent, from $147,000 in 2006-07 to a record of $732,640 in 2017. During the 2018-19 academic year, DAC had record involvement, with 2,246 contributors to the fund.

Epps has also held several committee posts within the NCAA organization, including the NCAA Management Council, the National Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and national chair of the Division III Women’s Tennis Committee.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF THE ROLE

F&M is dedicated to finding a dynamic and visionary individual who can promote and develop the athletics staff, set departmental priorities, and work in tandem with the vice president for student affairs, senior administrators, other members of the leadership team, and the staff of the department to progressively, innovatively, and comprehensively move the athletics program forward. The following were identified as possible opportunities, priorities, and challenges that will face the new director of athletics and recreation at F&M:

  • Define the “Diplomat Way.” Define, illustrate, and demonstrate both internally and externally an understanding of competiveness at a highly selective, nationally recognized liberal-arts institution that is reflective of the F&M mission and the goals of the NCAA.
  • Create a vision. Create a clear departmental vision and mission, develop a strong team sense among staff, and build working relationships that emphasize collaboration. Staff should feel encouraged, challenged, supported, and confident about how they contribute to the vision.
  • Focus on strategic planning. Using data to drive decision-making and communicating the student-athlete experience broadly, the next director will be tasked with developing a departmental strategic plan that addresses organizational structure, role clarity, accountability, and facilities capital planning.
  • Leadership around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Continue to initiate and support institutional goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion by actively engaging in campus conversations, promoting training and staff development, and leading the departmental culture.
  • Strategic recruiting. Partner with the Office of Admissions and a new vice president of enrollment management to recruit and retain scholar athletes of distinguished academic capacity who are representative of campus-wide diversity and inclusion goals.
  • Define a wellness agenda. Be a thought leader and strong partner with the Student Affairs leadership on a campus-wide wellness initiative. Athletics, recreation, and club sports are uniquely positioned to support all F&M students.

Fundraising and “friend-raising.” Champion strategic partnering with the institutional-advancement leadership and strategic-donor framework, and continue cultivation, stewardship, and encouragement of the Diplomat Athletics Club and engaged alumni.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

At an appropriate interval after joining F&M, the following items will initially define success for the new director:

  • The director inspires athletic excellence and enhances the competitiveness of a Division III intercollegiate athletics program within an academically rigorous, liberal-arts-centered learning environment, while at the same time helping to establish athletics, recreation, and wellbeing as an inclusive space for all community members, regardless of identity or ability.
  • The director has assessed the current environment with the athletics and recreation staff and begun to define a vision, a mission, and a plan for the future.
  • Alumni are engaged in the life of F&M student-athletes and are excited to return to campus.
  • Students and staff see the new director as an approachable and accessible advocate who supports programs and uses a student-centered orientation to build rapport with students and seek their input.
  • Athletics and recreation staff can articulate a common vision and mission, and feel valued as members of the team. They see that communication throughout the department has increased in both quality and quantity.
  • The director has established strong working relationships and partnerships with colleagues across Student Affairs, Admissions, Advancement, scholar-athletes, direct reports, faculty, and key institutional stakeholders.
  • The director demonstrates a leadership style that is credible, collegial, and highly effective.
  • The director demonstrates the ability to manage short-term change and long-term development for the department, including staffing, professional development, facilities management, and strategic capital planning.

The director actively engages with Advancement and college leadership to support fundraising initiatives aligned with institutional, departmental, and strategic plans.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

A master’s degree and more than seven years of progressive professional experience leading a complex, dynamic, and diverse department is required. The successful candidate will possess a comprehensive understanding of intercollegiate athletics administration, student-athlete development, NCAA compliance within a Division III environment, and the role of fundraising in supporting strategic and operating objectives. The next director should have a collaborative management approach, coupled with superior communication and relationship-building skills, strong planning and fiscal competencies, an understanding of the role of enrollment at a small, private college, a familiarity with program development and assessment, and excellent problem-solving abilities. Demonstrated respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of campus life will be important considerations in the selection of the next director of athletics and recreation.

In addition to the minimum academic and experiential requirements indicated above, other desired characteristics, skills, actions, and/or abilities noted from discussions with campus stakeholders include the following:

  • Demonstrate a collaborative personality and eagerness to extend oneself to others, including reaching out across campus to Enrollment, Advancement, Student Affairs, and Academic Affairs.
  • Enjoy leading, problem-solving, building a high-functioning team, and serving as a visible, prominent ambassador to units and entities external to the department and the institution.
  • Be a champion of the academic mission of the institution and student-athletes, understanding the intersection of athletics and academics.
  • Create an environment where it is expected that all teams will be competitive and where staff and coaches are responsible for developing competitive teams.
  • Demonstrate experience developing and leading campus-wide wellness initiatives.
  • Value professional development, continuing education, and training for all members of the department.
  • Possess a passion for Franklin & Marshall College, athletics, recreation, wellness, and leadership that is compelling and can translate into both fundraising and friend-raising, and understand the nuanced role of fundraising in supporting strategic and operating objectives.
  • Value, support, and celebrate the diversity of the college community as well as the richness of the educational and co-curricular experience, striving for and helping to define inclusive excellence.
  • Partner across the college in building a wellness model that is supported by the work of the department.
  • Be a forward-thinking leader with a strong vision for the department and its future growth and potential.
  • Lead decisively, with the ability to make tough decisions and explain the rationale behind those decisions.
  • Commit to integrity, respect, transparency, and honesty in all endeavors.

OVERVIEW OF THE DIVISION

The Division of Student Affairs

The F&M Student Affairs Division contributes to the foundation of an inclusive student-centered campus that embraces lifelong learning and continuous improvement. It provides services and programs that promote good health and wellbeing, enhance student learning, and develop Diplomats—the leaders and citizens we need for a strong future. It furthers the college’s mission of graduating students who will live fulfilling lives and contribute meaningfully to their occupations, their communities, and the world.

Leadership of the Division of Student Affairs

Margaret Hazlett – Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs

Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs Margaret Hazlett began her career at F&M in July of 2013. She oversees areas that impact students outside of the classroom, including athletics, residential life, student-leadership development and civic engagement, academic and pre-professional advising, student and multicultural programs, the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development, health and counseling, spiritual life, and fraternity and sorority life.

Prior to F&M, Hazlett was the senior associate dean of student affairs at Bowdoin College. While at Bowdoin, she led and directed functions including pre-major academic advising, crisis management, multicultural student programs, and disciplinary adjudication in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs. She had oversight of Bowdoin’s health and counseling services and the college’s daycare program, in addition to chairing numerous committees related to student affairs and campus life.

Before arriving at Bowdoin in 1997, Hazlett taught for two years at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia. She previously taught English in Thailand and Japan through Princeton University’s Princeton-in-Asia Program (PiA) before working in residential life at Princeton and ultimately serving as executive director of PiA.

A native of Pittsburgh, Hazlett earned a bachelor’s in art history from Princeton and a master’s in education from Harvard University.

Department of Athletics & Recreation

F&M is among an elite group of liberal arts colleges that maintain high academic standards while also competing in Division III athletics at a successful level.

“The college’s distinct perspective on intercollegiate athletics emerges from both our historic mission of educational excellence and also from a deep commitment to the holistic development of our students. We embrace the educational value of competitive sports and structure our athletic programs to maximize their contribution to student development.

“F&M regards its coaches as educators first and is committed to providing the resources necessary to help them be the best teachers, mentors and leaders they can be for our students. We view the athletic experience as a framework for helping students maximize learning and success in all aspects of college life and beyond.”

Organizational Chart

Athletics & Recreation Facilities

Built in 1995, the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center is a multipurpose athletic and recreation facility. It was the first athletic facility built on North Campus. Commonly known as the ASFC, the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center includes a field house with a suspended indoor track, aquatics center, and fitness center.

Also on North Campus, the Brooks Tennis Center is a lighted, eight-court square with two courts per quadrant that opened in 2007. The “California Cornered” courts slow or stop balls from rolling from one competition court to the next. Additionally, each court is outfitted with its own gate, eliminating disruptions when coaches coach or matches change over.

The Mayser Center, the hub of Franklin & Marshall athletics, houses the department’s administrative offices, locker rooms, sports-medicine and rehabilitation rooms, and the equipment room. The building services over 630 athletes competing in 27 sports each academic year. Built in 1961, the complex has seen its share of history.

Tylus Field became the home of Franklin & Marshall’s soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse teams at the start of the 2007-2008 academic year. A 106,000-square-foot area with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, in the summer of 2018 it was resurfaced with A-Turf and an XX infill system.

Franklin & Marshall’s football and track teams use Sponaugle-Williamson field, located just beyond the north wall of Mayser Center. It seats 4,000 spectators around its natural grass field. Built in 2017, Shadek Stadium hosts Diplomat football games and men’s and women’s lacrosse, and has lights and artificial turf.

The Diplomat Strength Center, familiarly known as “The Pit,” is the strength and conditioning home for varsity teams. In addition, it is available to the rest of the student body, faculty, and staff. The Diplomat Strength Center was remodeled in January of 2017 and outfitted with the latest line of strength equipment from Dynamic Strength and Fitness.

The Centennial Conference

The Centennial Conference is one of the nation’s elite small-college conferences. The conference encourages athletic competition among national liberal-arts colleges and universities that share similar academic aspirations and a commitment to the importance of the total educational experience of students engaged in sports. Intercollegiate athletics programs are an integral part of the life of the member institutions and flow from their educational objectives. Each institution provides a comprehensive, broad-based athletics program. All varsity sports are treated equitably, and every sport is important.

The Centennial Conference crowns champions in 24 sports and continues to sponsor intercollegiate programs of national prominence for women and men. Soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and track and field are just four of the sports in which Centennial schools have achieved national excellence. On the average, Centennial members have 21 varsity teams per campus, which is well above the national norm.

Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA)

The EIWA was founded in 1904 and is the oldest conference in the nation. Founding members were Columbia, Yale, Penn, and Princeton. Now with 17 member schools, it is the largest wrestling conference in the nation. The EIWA is an automatic qualifier (AQ) to the NCAA Division I Championship.

Institution & Location

INSTITUTIONAL OVERVIEW

Institutional Background and History

Franklin & Marshall College is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States. Its roots go back 1787, when it was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as Franklin College, after a generous gift from Benjamin Franklin.

The product of a pioneering collaboration between English and German-speaking communities in the new nation, the college was launched by leaders of the Lutheran and Reformed churches, with support from four signers of the Declaration of Independence, three future governors of Pennsylvania, two members of the Constitutional Convention, and seven officers of the Revolutionary Army. Their goal was “to preserve our present republican system of government,” and “to promote those improvements in the arts and sciences which alone render nations respectable, great and happy.”

Classes began on July 16, 1787, with instruction in both English and German, making Franklin College the first bilingual college in the country. It was also the first coeducational institution: Its first class was made up of 78 men and 36 women. Among the first-year students was Richea Gratz, the first Jewish female college student in the United States. That coed policy, however, was soon abandoned, and was not revived at the college for another 182 years.

Marshall College, named after Secretary of State and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, was founded in 1836 in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, under the sponsorship of the German Reformed Church. It attracted a distinguished faculty that became nationally known as leaders of an intellectual movement known as the Mercersburg Theology.

In 1853 Marshall College moved to Lancaster and merged with Franklin College to form Franklin & Marshall College. James Buchanan, fifteenth president of the United States, was the first president of the Board of Trustees. By the time of its centennial, the college had complemented its strengths in the classics and philosophy with a widely respected program in science.

In the 1920s, Franklin & Marshall added a program in business. Its transformation continued after World War II with gradual expansion in size and academic scope. Increasingly, students and faculty were drawn from all regions of the nation and the world. Campus facilities expanded and the college became primarily residential.

Franklin & Marshall College became coeducational again in 1969. Its connection to the Reformed Church, later part of the United Church of Christ, was severed and the college became a secular institution. Throughout all of these changes, the college remained committed to “liberal learning.”

Frederick Rauch, the first president of Marshall College, proclaimed in 1837 that “the fortune of our lives and our government depends not exclusively on useful knowledge but on our character as citizens, and to form this character by cultivating the whole [person] is the aim of education in the proper sense.”

Today Franklin & Marshall College proudly continues its dedication to intellectual freedom and critical learning as fundamental to a democratic society. Its mission statement affirms that the college expects students to see connections, discover community, and understand the centrality of service to the human endeavor. It has an endowment of about $350 million, an academic staff of about 175, and a 170-acre campus.

About Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Lancaster is located in south-central Pennsylvania, serves as the seat of Lancaster County, and is one of the oldest inland towns in the United States. With a population of 59,322, it ranks eighth in population among Pennsylvania’s cities. The Lancaster metropolitan-area population is 507,766, making it the 101st largest metropolitan area in the U.S. and second largest in the south-central Pennsylvania area.

The city’s primary industries include healthcare, tourism, public administration, manufacturing, and professional services. Lancaster was home to James Buchanan, the nation’s fifteenth president, and to congressman and abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens.

Originally called Hickory Town, the city was renamed after the English city of Lancaster by native John Wright. Its symbol, the red rose, comes from the House of Lancaster. It was part of the 1681 Penn’s Woods Charter of William Penn, and was laid out by James Hamilton, son of Alexander Hamilton, in 1734.

During the American Revolution, Lancaster was the capital of the United States for one day, on September 27, 1777, after the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia, which had been captured by the British. The revolutionary government then moved still farther away to York, Pennsylvania.

Lancaster was capital of Pennsylvania from 1799 to 1812, after which the capital was moved to Harrisburg.

The first long-distance paved road in the United States was the former Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike, which connected the cities of Lancaster and Philadelphia. Opened in 1795, the turnpike was paved with stone the whole way, and overlaid with gravel. The sixty-two-mile turnpike cost more than $450,000, a staggering sum at the time.

The city of Lancaster was home to several important figures in American history. Wheatland, the estate of James Buchanan, the former president of the United States, is one of Lancaster’s most popular attractions. Thaddeus Stevens, considered among the most powerful members of the United States House of Representatives, lived in Lancaster and worked as an attorney. Stevens gained notoriety as a “Radical Republican” and abolitionist. The Fulton Opera House in the city was named for Lancaster native Robert Fulton, a renaissance man credited with building the first fully functional steamboat.

After the American Revolution, the city of Lancaster became an iron-foundry center. Two of the most common products needed by pioneers to settle the western frontier were manufactured in Lancaster: the Conestoga wagon and the Pennsylvania long rifle. The Conestoga wagon was named after the Conestoga River, which runs through the city. The innovative gunsmith William Henry lived in Lancaster and was a U.S. congressman and leader during and after the American Revolution.

In 1803, Meriwether Lewis visited Lancaster for education in surveying methods from the well-known surveyor Andrew Ellicott. During his visit, Lewis learned to plot latitude and longitude as part of his overall training to lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

In 1879, Franklin Winfield Woolworth opened his first successful “five and dime” store in the city of Lancaster, the F. W. Woolworth Company.

Lancaster was one of the winning communities for the All-America City award in 2000.

On October 13, 2011, Lancaster’s City Council officially recognized September 27 as Capital Day, a holiday recognizing Lancaster’s one day as capital of the United States in 1777.

Mission

“Franklin & Marshall College is a residential college dedicated to excellence in undergraduate liberal education. Its aims are to inspire in young people of high promise and diverse backgrounds a genuine and enduring love for learning, to teach them to read, write, and think critically, to instill in them the capacity for both independent and collaborative action, and to educate them to explore and understand the natural, social and cultural worlds in which they live. In so doing, the college seeks to foster in its students qualities of intellect, creativity, and character, that they may live fulfilling lives and contribute meaningfully to their occupations, their communities, and their world.”

Strategic Plan

The Franklin & Marshall strategic plan for 2018-2023 is available at:

https://www.fandm.edu/uploads/files/316269078753304231-f-m-aab-strategic-plan-2018-2023.pdf

Leadership

Barbara K. Altman – President

Barbara K. Altmann, PhD, became president of Franklin & Marshall College in August 2018. A scholar of French medieval language and literature, Altmann had served as the provost at Bucknell University since 2015. There she played an instrumental role in securing major gifts for programs, capital facilities, and endowed faculty positions.

A native of Canada, President Altmann received her bachelor’s degree with honors in romance languages at the University of Alberta. She earned her master’s degree in French language and literature from the University of Toronto, and her doctorate in medieval French language and literature from the same university.

Prior to her arrival at Bucknell, Altmann served for more than 25 years at the University of Oregon. She was a professor of French, chair of the Department of Romance Languages, director of the Oregon Humanities Center, and served during her last three years as senior vice provost for academic affairs. She also served as an assistant visiting professor at Dartmouth College.

President Altmann has written or edited four books and written numerous articles, reviews and conference papers in her field of expertise. She has served as an elected delegate to the executive councils of the American Council of Learned Society and the Modern Language Association.

Academic Programs and Faculty

“The Franklin & Marshall curriculum provides a framework for our students’ intellectual development over their four years at F&M, and helps them become the creative, responsible and ambitious participants in learning who will be exceptionally prepared to live and work beyond their years in college.

“At Franklin & Marshall College, we believe that undergraduate research, with careful mentoring of a faculty supervisor, can be one of a student’s most meaningful and significant experiences at F&M, and it shouldn’t be a rare experience for just a few hand-picked students.

“At F&M, the cornerstone of the educational experience we offer is students working side-by-side with faculty who want to help them test ideas, not just talk or read about them. These are not experiences students have to wait until graduate school to pursue. It’s a core part of what we do.

“More than 50 percent of F&M seniors participate in an independent study or self-designed major, far more than students at other leading national liberal arts colleges. Our students develop intellectual skills and have real-life experiences that serve them well beyond graduation.

“A centerpiece of faculty and student joint research at Franklin & Marshall is the Hackman Summer Scholars program. The program involves 60 to 70 students working side-by-side each summer with more than 30 faculty members across campus in innovative projects that span the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and the arts. The ten-week period of intense research allows for focused attention on a problem and sometimes results in co-authorship of a publication in a peer-reviewed journal.”

The Student Body

Enrollment: 2,426 undergraduates (includes students studying abroad)

Demographics: 46% men, 54% women

Academic calendar: Semesters (two 15-week terms)

Fields of Study: 60

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts

Student/faculty ratio: 9:1

Average class size: 18

States Represented: 47

Countries Represented: 47

Racial and Ethnic Identify of Students:

  • African-American 5%
  • Asian 4%
  • Hispanic 11%
  • International 22%
  • Other and ethnicity unknown 1%
  • Two or more                                                 4%
  • White 53%

Benefits Overview

Employees of Franklin & Marshall College enjoy the following benefits, among others:

  • Health plans
  • Dental plan
  • Vision plan
  • Prescription drug plan
  • Retirement plans
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Education benefits
  • Life insurance
  • Leave benefits
  • Employee assistance program

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Dell D. Robinson at ddr@spelmanjohnson.com or Anne-Marie Kenney at amk@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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