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F&M Prepares Tomorrow's Leaders, Today

In class, on stage, or on the playing field, leadership takes many shapes.

"A true liberal arts education, like an F&M education, is one of the best possible preparations for taking leadership into a complicated world," said Franklin & Marshall President Barbara Altmann.

Altmann facilitated a panel focused on student leadership in its many forms to commence the College's fall Common Hour series Sept. 8.

Common Hour provides a weekly opportunity for the College community to assemble for lectures on a broad spectrum of topics. Traditionally held on campus, the event will remain virtual for the fall semester.

Leadership, said Altmann, is embedded in the mission of higher education: to serve the public good.

"How do we realize that mission at F&M?" she asked.

"We realize it in classrooms, in labs, on playing fields, on stages, in dance studios, in every possible venue on campus. That's the value of a residential campus," Altmann said.

But that leadership is not just limited to campus parameters.

Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs Beth Throne joined Altmann to discuss the many leadership opportunities made available to students through the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD). Director of Health Professions Advising Marissa Sheaf contributed further insights.

Celebrating a milestone decade on campus, OSPGD helps F&M students connect the dots between education, cocurricular activities and the broader alumni network to achieve successful career outcomes.

"It's about opening these doors," Throne said.

Common Hour - F&M: Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders


Within six months after graduation, 93% of F&M's class of 2020 was either employed or enrolled in graduate school.

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