William T. Franz, Ph.D.
Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren has appointed William T. Franz,
Ph.D., to serve as interim provost of R-MC. A professor of
physics, Franz has extensive experience in administration, including previously
serving as interim dean from 2006 to 2007 and as associate dean of the college from
1990 to 1999.
“Bill is an effective leader with an unwavering commitment to Randolph-Macon College,”
said Lindgren. “His experience with the faculty and proven success in administration
will be immensely helpful as the College works towards our future goals.”
Franz has been a well-respected faculty member at R-MC since 1983. He was twice
awarded the student-voted Thomas Branch Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1985
and 1988 and was also the recipient of the Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Faculty
award. A critical faculty member of the physics department, Franz helped to create
and introduce the College’s environmental studies program and has taught a wide
spectrum of courses throughout his career. He is also a requested media expert on
explaining the United States Federal Budget. Franz co-authors an annual Federal
Budget Crunchers list, along with associate professor George Spagna, Ph.D., which
is designed to help the general public put the size of the anticipated federal spending
plan in perspective.
"Randolph-Macon College is all about making a difference in the lives of the young
men and women who come here to learn,” said Franz. “I am looking forward to this
new challenge to make a difference in the life of the College."
Franz earned a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Muhlenberg College and a Master’s
and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Delaware. His research interests include
instrumentation, alternate energy sources, the physics of education and the physics
Franz’s appointment as interim provost will officially begin in late August. He
will hold the position for a minimum of two years until a permanent provost is appointed.
Franz replaces William Johnston, Ph.D., who leaves the office on August 21, 2009
to become a tenured, full professor of mathematics at R-MC and a special assistant
to Lindgren. Johnston accepted the position of provost in July 2007 and was successful
in helping the College achieve SACS reaffirmation. He is recognized for having made
a considerable impact on student retention and has offered critical academic perspective
to the College’s master and strategic planning processes.
Franz’s wife, Patty, is a supervising librarian at the Pamunkey Regional Library.
They have two children, Matt and Lizzie.
For more information, please contact Anne Marie Lauranzon at 804-752-7317,