Daniel Porterfield is President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Previously, Dan served for seven years as the President of Franklin & Marshall College. He has been recognized as a visionary leader and advocate for expanding educational opportunity and improving the human condition and was named a White House Champion of Change in 2016.
Prior to his appointment at Franklin & Marshall College, Dan served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Development and an English professor at his alma mater, Georgetown University, and for four years as a senior public affairs official in the US Department of Health and Human Services.
He earned B.A. degrees from Georgetown and Oxford – where he was a Rhodes Scholar – and his Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center where he was awarded a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities.