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6 Years in Prison for Ex-President of Franklin College

June 7, 2022

Thomas Minar, the ex-president of Franklin College, in Indiana, received a sentence of six years in prison and six years of extended supervision in a Wisconsin court on Monday, The Statehouse File reported.

Minar pleaded no contest to one count of child enticement and three counts of possession of child pornography in March.

Police arrested Minar at his vacation home in Door County, Wis., on Jan. 6, 2020, after he used a mobile dating app to arrange a meeting with a police officer who was posing as a 15-year-old boy.

At his sentencing hearing, his lawyers cited the difficulties of being president of Franklin as one reason for his behavior.

“As said previously, since Thomas Minar’s termination more than two years ago, Franklin College has maintained its focus on delivering the quality education that leads to the personal and academic success of our students,” a statement from the college said. “Franklin is thriving from every perspective as we continue to prepare our students for productive careers and fulfilling lives.”

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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