Dr. Richard Kneedler '61

Franklin & Marshall '65, Penn '67 & '70

Language, it's been said, is the tool of the mind. And although many boys have apprenticed with that tool at Kiski, few have used it to enrich as many minds as has Richard Kneedler. 

Dick took his love of language from Kiski to Franklin & Marshall for a concentration in French (Phi Beta Kappa), and on to the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a master in French Language and a doctorate in French Language and Literature.

Then he brought his skills back to F&M as a Professor of French, and built upon them through twenty years of service to his alma mater. 

As a result, on July 1, 1988, Richard Kneedler was invested as the 13th President of Franklin & Marshall college.

In addition to his duties as chief executive, President Kneedler has also been called upon to direct a broad spectrum of civic, cultural, and education organizations (as well as to evaluate programs at other institutions such as Bryn Mawr, Columbia, Georgetown, and Syracuse).
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