Porterfield in last lecture to seniors: “Stay out of jail”

January 27, 2011

Seniors packed into the Faculty Club on Tuesday evening to hear Senior Vice President for Strategic Development Dan Porterfield (COL ‘83), who will become the president of Franklin & Marshall College on Mar. 1, deliver his last lecture.

Photo: Julianne Deno

After an introduction by Johnny Solis (SFS ‘11), Porterfield talked about the joy of college and how it prepares students for life’s difficulties. Although graduation can present daunting questions, he said, he warned against focusing on “the fulfillment of externally-defined success.”

“If the plan is to stay out of jail and keep learning, that’s a good plan,” he joked.

Porterfield added that he is leaving in order to embody the path he encouraged students to follow.

“Change is not a bad thing,” he said. “Change is a good thing.”

Reporting by Matt Kerwin

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