Fran Pilch

Fran Pilch

KPWE Mentor


Fran Pilch -- Mostly retired educator, author, civic leader

After receiving her BA from the University of Connecticut in Political Science and MA and PHD in International Relations from Yale, Fran taught at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Then she started a bookstore. That was her career until 1995 when she closed the store and resumed teaching. Three years later she left Rutgers to come to the Air Force Academy, where she served on the Political Science faculty for 17 years. Fran retired in 2015, but couldn't stay away from the classroom. She now teaches one block at Colorado College - just enough to make her happy but not too stressed!

Fran has two wonderful sons - one in the Air Force currently serving in Korea and the other who is an MD living in Washington DC conducting research. They are both married and Fran has five granddaughters, each one unique and so much fun.

Fran recently published a book called Invisible: Surviving the Cambodian Genocide - the memoirs of two genocide survivors.  That was her passion for four years. Her other passion is playing the piano and serving on the Board of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. 

She thinks KPWE is terrific, and truly enjoys every aspect of this wonderful program.