Two changes have been made to the Franklin College board of trustees.

Natalie (Dukes) Roberts, a 1994 alumna, senior vice president for Monarch Beverage and Franklin resident, recently was elected to serve as the designated community trustee for the board.

Community trustees must be a resident of the county. Roberts received her MBA from the University of Indianapolis and her undergraduate degree in marketing from Franklin College. She serves on several other boards, including the 500 Festival and the Indiana Recycling Coalition.

Constance Richardson Van Valer, a 1959 alumna, recently transitioned to Franklin College honorary trustee status for life. She had served on the board of trustees since 1999, most recently co-chairing the honorary degrees committee and serving on the student affairs and the academic affairs committees.

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She is the daughter of the college’s 10th president.

The Greenwood resident has degrees in biology and chemistry from Franklin College and pharmacology and medical degrees from Indiana University.

In 2008, Van Valer and her sisters made a gift to the college that funded renovations to the college chapel, which was rededicated and renamed Richardson Chapel in memory of their father, Harold W. Richardson.

The school’s board of trustees has 40 members who work on instituting and supporting fundraising efforts, establishing and reviewing educational programs and establishing the college‚Äôs annual budget. The board also authorizes construction and renovations at the school and oversees changes in tuition and fees.

Magen Kritsch is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2770.