FRANKLIN, Ind. (WTHR) – The Franklin College Board of Trustees has appointed Kerry Prather as acting president of the college, effective immediately.
Prather, who has served Franklin College for 37 years, has been director of athletics and head men’s basketball coach.
Prather and his wife, Cindy, reside in Franklin. Cindy is a former chair of the college’s education department. Their two children, Katie and Robbie, are Franklin College graduates.
This decision comes after the college fired President Thomas J. Minar for his arrest for child sex crimes in Wisconsin.
Minar is accused of Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Sex Crime, Attempted Child Enticement, and Exposing a Child to Harmful Material.
In a press release, Prather released this statement regarding his new position as acting president:
“For nearly 40 years, the Prather family has made Franklin College our home. I have been proud to serve in a variety of roles, including at the Cabinet level in four administrations. Cindy and I represent collectively 60 years of faculty/staff service, and both our children are proud alumni. I assume this position with enthusiasm and confidence because I believe strongly in Franklin College and in the incredible people who do important, transformational work with our students every day. Franklin has a bright future, and I am excited to help ensure that the institution remains focused on the heart of its mission, our current and future students.”
Franklin College’s search for their 17th president is underway.