Frank began his term as Executive director of the Campus Neighborhoods Revitalization Corporation (CNRC), "Sunnyside Up", in April 2013. He came to the Sunnyside Up organization following a sixteen year stint on Morgantown City Council (1991-2007) and after fourteen years in retirement from WVU. Frank served as Mayor of Morgantown for four years (1998-2002) during which time redevelopment of Morgantown's riverfront (the Wharf District) occurred.
He is a 1964 graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a minor in Art. Prior to his undergratuate education, Frank served six years, three months and five days in the U.S. Marine Corps with terms of duty at Opalaka Air Base in Hollywood, Fla (just North of Miami)., and at the Marine Air Base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. In 1956, while serving in Hawaii, Frank reenlisted in the Marine Corps to qualify for training as a security guard on embassy duty. That training took place at the Quantico Marine Base near Triangle, Va. in 1956.
On his first assignment as a Embassy Guard, Frank served one and half years at the American Consulate in Casablanca, Morocco (1956-57); his second assignment, between mid 1957 and January 1960, was at the American Embassy in Benghazi, Lybia.
With an honorable discharge in hand, in spring 1960 Frank enrolled at WVU, beginning in the summer session. Then, having graduated WVU with a B.A. degree in 1964, he enrolled at The University of Chicago where he earned an M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1972) in an interdisciplinary program in the Divinity School called "Religion and Literature". In the fall of 1969 Frank returned to Morgantown as an Assistant Professor in English at WVU where he taught until his retirement as a full Professorin 1999.
Frank is father of two daughters, the late Kristen Drago (Tampa, Fla.) and Kerry Haines (Fort Myers, Fla.). He has one granddaughter, Mia.