Grove City College’s new provost and vice president of Academic Affairs is Dr. Peter M. Frank ’95, an accomplished economist and educator.
Serving as chief academic officer, Dr. Frank will work closely with College President Paul J. McNulty ’80 to strategically advance the academic program. He is currently Dean of the Porter B. Byrum School of Business at Wingate (N.C.) University, where he has been an executive administrator and professor since 2003.
“Dr. Frank is an innovative leader, accomplished scholar and devoted servant of Christ who we are pleased to welcome home. As an alumnus, he understands the mission and values of Grove City College and its distinctive position in higher education. I am confident that he possesses the leadership experience, initiative and strength of character to enhance the College’s strong reputation for academic excellence,” McNulty said. “In a highly competitive search process, it became abundantly clear that Dr. Frank shares our faculty’s enthusiastic commitment to the Christian intellectual tradition and the integration of faith and learning.”
After receiving an undergraduate degree from Grove City College, where he double majored in Economics and Religion, Frank earned a master’s degree in economics with a concentration in urban and regional economic development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received a doctoral degree at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., where his dissertation committee included nationally-renowned economist and Grove City College alumnus Dr. Peter Boettke ’83.
Frank is a respected and active scholar, with years of teaching experience and numerous awards and distinctions to his credit, including a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and study in the former Soviet republic of Moldova in 2012. Over the course of his academic career, he has written many published articles, book chapters, working papers, reports and conference presentations. He contributed a chapter and co-edited the book “Non-market Entrepreneurship: Interdisciplinary Approaches.” His areas of research expertise include entrepreneurship and development, comparative political economy, regional economic development policy and institutional economics.
Additionally, he serves as a free enterprise fellow at the Jesse Helms Center, Wingate, N.C., and as the director of Wingate University’s BB&T Bank Program on the Foundations of Capitalism.
Frank is married to alumna Amy (Wray ’95) and they have five children. He enjoys running, reading and spending time with his family.