September 2009: L. Scott Frantz '78

Erin Reid

L. Scott Frantz ’78 has a life-long commitment to public service and building stronger communities. This past May he was named a 2009 Children’s Champion by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance at a special ceremony at the state capitol for his work to improve the education, health care, and overall well-being of children in Connecticut.

A graduate of Princeton University (B.A. 1982) and Dartmouth College (M.B.A. 1986), Frantz is a Connecticut state senator, representing the 36th District, which includes the communities of Greenwich, Stamford, and New Canaan. Elected in 2008, he has been named a minority whip of the Senate Republican Caucus and a ranking member of the General Assembly's Commerce Committee. In addition, Senator Frantz serves on the Appropriations, Program Review & Investigations, and Transportation committees.

In his role as the former chairman of the Connecticut Development Authority (2003-2008), Frantz became familiar with the legislative process in Hartford, which included working closely with the state senate. Now as a state senator, Frantz has been particularly interested in helping Connecticut businesses. In serving on the Transportation Committee, he draws on his experience as former chairman of Bradley International Airport, working to find solutions to Connecticut's mass transportation and infrastructure needs. He has worked in Hartford for years on issues such as economic development and transportation as they specifically relate to Bradley Airport. As a member of the Program Review & Investigations Committee, Frantz helps to oversee the efficiency and effectiveness of government agencies and programs.

Frantz was instrumental in the establishment and on-going success of the Arch Street Teen Center in Greenwich, a drug-free, alcohol-free environment where teens can initiate and organize activities that improve their lives while providing leadership and community service experience. For his work, Frantz was the recipient of the Courage to Change Award from Greenwich Hospital and the Arch Street Champion for Teens Award. In addition, he received the Secretary of the State Public Service Award in recognition of service to the state as chairman of the Connecticut Development Authority and of Bradley International Airport; Community Leader Award from the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his efforts regarding the Arch Street Teen Center; the Liberty Bell Award from the Greenwich Bar Association in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the Veteran's Appreciation Council; and the Good Citizenship Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution in recognition of his community efforts.

Frantz is a former director of the Connecticut Brownfields Redevelopment Authority. He continues to serve on the business advisory boards of AI Squared, Granite Ventures, and RSR Partners. He also serves as a board member on several nonprofit and club organizations: Connecticut Republican Finance Committee, American Everest Foundation, Veteran’s Appreciation Council, Greenwich Country Day School, and the Greenwich Teen Center. He also serves as an advisor to the Corporate Angel Network, which arranges free air transportation for cancer patients travelling to treatment using the empty seats on corporate jets. Through the generosity of 530 of America's finest corporations, Corporate Angel Network has arranged more than 25,000 flights since their founding in 1981.

As part of the Main Building renovation at Hotchkiss in the 1990s, Frantz and his brother, William (Ted) Frantz ’76, gave the Frantz Student Center as a way to strengthen the sense of community at the School and give students a place to gather and just be kids. He has given his time to Hotchkiss as well, including a tenure as a member of the Board of Governors. A resident of Riverside, Connecticut, Frantz lives with his wife, Allison (“Icy”), and their four children. He is president of the private equity and venture capital firm Haebler Capital, Inc. and is a licensed pilot.

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