Messages to the Georgetown Community
Announcing the Appointment of Dr. Danield R. Porterfield as the 15th President of Franklin and Marshall College
November 16, 2010
Dear Members of the Georgetown Community:
It is with great appreciation for his dedication to Georgetown that I write to inform you that earlier today the Trustees of Franklin and Marshall College named Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., Georgetown University's Senior Vice President for Strategic Development and Assistant Professor of English, to be its 15th President, effective March 1, 2011.
I have known Dan since our days as students at Georgetown. Throughout the years he has demonstrated an unfailing commitment to make a difference in the lives of young people here at Georgetown and beyond. As a teacher, mentor, and leader he has an extraordinary gift to understand complex issues, bring people together, and help others flourish.
A 1983 graduate of Georgetown College, Dan earned a second B.A. in English from Hertford College at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. After working in a senior role at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and earning his Ph.D. at The City University of New York Graduate Center, Dan came back to Georgetown in 1997. Since then he has held a diverse portfolio of responsibilities. Over the years he significantly contributed to the 2000 and 2010 Campus Plans, the positioning of two capital campaigns, and the completion of our clinical partnership with MedStar Health, Inc. He developed many aspects of Georgetown's approach to civic engagement and deeply strengthened our relationships with the Cristo Rey Network and Teach For America. He and his family have lived in Copley Hall for the past eight years and taken part actively in campus culture and life.
I am especially grateful for all that Dan has done to make a difference in the lives of our students and alumni. In 2003, our students voted him to be the first recipient of the Dorothy M. Brown Award for exemplary service to undergraduates. In 2008 and 2010 he was honored with the Faculty Excellence Awards of, respectively, the College and the School of Foreign Service, and spoke at both Schools' Tropaia Exercises.
Dan's wife Karen A. Herrling (C '84, L '90) and their three daughters are also fixtures in the Georgetown University community, and they too will be sincerely missed.
I look forward to celebrating Dan and his many contributions to Georgetown in the months ahead. Please join me in congratulating Dan as he takes this next step in his distinguished career.
John J. DeGioia