Franklin University Board of Trustees

Officers

Bio
Chairman of the Board
Gary L. Flynn
President (Retired)
Ross Products, Div. of Abbott Laboratories

 Mr. Flynn joined the board in 2002 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board. In addition, he serves on the Communications and Advancement Committee.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Franklin University in 1971.  Mr. Flynn retired after serving 33 years for Ross Products, a Division of Abbott Laboratories, a leading global broad based healthcare company.  Mr. Flynn resides in the Central Ohio area where he also serves on numerous community boards.

 

Chairman of the Board
Gary L. Flynn
President (Retired)
Ross Products, Div. of Abbott Laboratories
Bio
Vice Chairman
Mary Laird Duchi
Vice President of Operations and System Services (Retired)
Batelle (Retired)

Ms. Duchi has extensive background in both the private and public sectors.  She joined Battelle in 1977 and retired from the organization 34 years later as the Vice President of Operations and Systems Services.  Ms. Duchi has volunteered her time toward both professional and personal interests by serving as Board member for the Battelle National Biodefense Institute; as a Franklin Park Conservatory Trustee; as a board member for both the Central Ohio Regional Science and Engineering Fair and Edison Welding Institute boards; and on a number of committees and boards for the city of Upper Arlington.  Ms. Duchi earned her MBA in Finance and Quantitative Methods from The Ohio State University and her BBA in Finance from the University of Michigan.  Ms. Duchi serves as the Vice-Chairman for the Franklin Board of Trustees as well as chairing the Infrastructure Committee. She also serves on the Academic/Student Committee and the Finance Committee at Franklin. 

 

Vice Chairman
Mary Laird Duchi
Vice President of Operations and System Services (Retired)
Batelle (Retired)
Bio
Immediate Past Chairman
Gary W. James
President
Dynalab, Inc.

Mr. James is an alum of Franklin University and currently serves as the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board and now chairs the Committee on Trusteeship Governance and serves on the Partnership Committee. He is founder and President of Dynalab, Inc., a manufacturer of computer hardware and electronic test equipment; President of GPAX, Inc., a manufacturer of an automation packaging system; President of JAAS Systems, a publisher of manufacturing software; and a board member of MD Systems, a medical device manufacturer.  Mr. James has served as President of Kiwanis, Treasurer of National Church Residences, and in numerous other community organizations. 

 

Immediate Past Chairman
Gary W. James
President
Dynalab, Inc.
Bio
President
Dr. David Decker
Franklin University

Dr. David R. Decker serves as the fourth President of Franklin University. Prior to coming to Franklin he held a number of positions at the New York Institute of Technology, including playing a key role in their internationalization and development of their online presence.

Dr. Decker has also held positions at Youngstown State University, as well as at three other universities, and has international teaching experience in China, Malaysia, Russia, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Brazil, and Jordan.

His extensive corporate experience includes serving as president and CEO of a $130 million manufacturing company. Read more information about Dr. Decker.

President
Dr. David Decker
Franklin University
Bio
Secretary
Carl E. Johnson
Director of Manufacturing, North America Refinish
PPG Industries

Mr. Johnson has more than 25 years experience in manufacturing and supply chain management, and serves as Director of Manufacturing, North America Refinish for PPG Industries.

Mr. Johnson is located at the Delaware, Ohio, facility, which currently employs approximately 400 associates and is the largest industrial employer in the Delaware area. He serves on numerous boards, including Recreation Unlimited and the Delaware County Red Cross.

Secretary
Carl E. Johnson
Director of Manufacturing, North America Refinish
PPG Industries

Board Members

Bio

Mr. Cartner is a past chairman of Franklin’s Board of Trustees. He currently serves on the Communication and Advancement Committee, Infrastructure Committee, the Committee on Trusteeship Governance, and the Ad-Hoc Bylaws Committee.  He is President of MoTrim, Inc., which manufacturers boom-type hydraulic mowing machinery, headquartered in Cambridge, Ohio with an additional plant in Florida.  Mr. Cartner is a Franklin University alum and resides in Cambridge with his wife.

 

Jack O. Cartner
President
MoTrim, Inc.
Bio

Ms. Crane is a community advocate currently serving on the boards of Goodwill Columbus, Upper Arlington Community Foundation, and the Columbus Foundation Reese-Shackelford Supporting Organization. She has also served on numerous other boards, including Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio/Greater Ohio, Columbus School for Girls, and I Know I Can.  She is highly active with the Crane Group, which was founded by her grandfather.

Prior to leaving the corporate world, Ms. Crane worked in Chicago (IL) for Kraft General Foods/Kraft USA where she led the brand management for several multi-million dollar product lines, and developed the strategic plan and coordinated the major planning projects for a multi-billion dollar division.

Ms. Crane holds an MBA in Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, at Northwestern University (IL), and a BS in Marketing and Management from Indiana University.  Ms. Crane and husband Tim Miller reside in Columbus, and are the proud parents of Taylor and Hailey.

Jamie Crane
Community Advocate
Bio

Ms. Davidson served as co-chairperson of the Republican National Committee and served over twenty years in the legislature.  She was Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives from January 1995 through December 2000, and serves on numerous boards, including Franklin University’s.  She consults on public policy development and analysis, strategic planning, and political campaigns through her firm, JAD and Associates.  Ms. Davidson serves on the Finance Committee. 

 

Jo Ann Davidson
President
JAD & Associates
Bio

Ms. Doody is President of Lindey’s Restaurant in German Village.  She received the YWCA Woman of Achievement in 1992 and was named Restaurateur of the Year by Central Ohio Restaurant Association in 1994.  Two of her four children have followed in her footsteps as entrepreneurs in the restaurant business.  As a Franklin Trustee, Ms. Doody is Secretary of the Board as well as a member of the Academic/Student Committee, the Ad-Hoc Bylaws Committee, and the Audit, Controls and Compliance Committee.

 

Sue A. Doody
President
Lindey's Restaurant
Bio

Mr. Fankhauser is co-founder and principal of both The EPCON Group, Inc. and EPMARK, Inc. located in Dublin, Ohio.  He has over 30 years experience in real estate development and construction.  Mr. Fankhauser is an alum of Franklin University and currently serves on the Communications and Advancement Committee as well as the Infrastructure Committee. 

 

Phil FankHauser
Co-founder and Principal of both The EPCON Communities
Bio

Ted Ford is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in government, marketing, higher education, and public-private partnerships. Ted currently serves as a CEO for Advanced Energy Economy Ohio, a state-wide trade group involved in the development and financing of advanced energy projects. Previously, Ted served as TechColumbus’s first CEO and as President and CEO of Edison Welding Institute, a nationally recognized independent engineering research and development organization. As Senior Vice President for University Advancement at Northern Arizona University in the late 1990’s, he led the development launch of the institution’s first capital campaign which raised $100 million. He has served as a business development professional, legislative advocate, legislative staffer, and executive assistant to the Governor of Ohio. He is also a regional affiliate director for BioOhio. He received his undergrad and his Master’s at The Ohio State University. Ted serves the Franklin Board of Trustees as the Chair of the Ad-Hoc Bylaws Committee and serves on the Academic/Student committee.

Ted Ford
Business Consultant
Advanced Energy Economy Ohio
Bio

Mr. Gonsalves is currently working as an independent marketing consultant. He has an extensive marketing background, which is highlighted in his previous position as the Chief Marketing Officer for Allied Insurance, Titan Insurance, Nationwide Commercial, Nationwide Specialty, and Nationwide Agribusiness in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mr. Gonsalves also served as the Vice President for Marketing Strategy & Planning for Nationwide in Columbus, Ohio. As a Franklin Trustee, Mr. Gonsalves currently serves on Franklin's Academic/Student Committee as well as the Communications and Advancement Committee.

Anthony Gonsalves
Independent Marketing Consultant
Bio

Mr. Griffin is a principal founder, President, and CEO of Dynamix Engineering Ltd., and brings more than 30 years of engineering experience to the company.

Mr. Griffin has served on numerous boards including the Children's Hunger Alliance and Boy Scouts of America. He is a graduate of Franklin University (1984).

Eugene Griffin
President and CEO
Dynamix Engineering Ltd.
Bio

As senior vice president of Property & Casualty Staff Sales, Melissa Gutierrez is focused on the strength and effectiveness of Nationwide’s multi-channel property casualty distribution system and works to drive competitive advantage and growth by developing distribution strategy.

Since joining Nationwide in 1987, Melissa has held a number of positions in sales, strategy, marketing and finance across several business units, including Nationwide Insurance, Nationwide Financial and Nationwide Better Health. Prior to her current position, Melissa was vice president of Nationwide Specialty Health, where she was successful in returning the organization to profitability, reducing expenses and improving associate engagement while developing a presence and achieving significant growth in specialty and commercial program lines of business.

Melissa holds the chartered life underwriter (CLU) designation, a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Franklin University, and an MBA from the University of Dayton. She lives in Galena, Ohio with her husband and three sons.

Melissa Gutierrez
Sr. VP, P&C Staff Sales
Nationwide Insurance
Bio

Mr. Hagen is the regional executive and president of Dublin Methodist Hospital and Delaware’s Grady Memorial Hospital. He is responsible for coordinating OhioHealth’s growth in the northern areas served by the hospital system. He has more than 30 years experience in the healthcare industry. He is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives, and has been affiliated with many community service programs including the Board of Directors of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Gerald R. Ford Council of Boy Scouts. Mr. Hagen is currently serving Franklin Board of Trustees as the Chair of the Academic/Student Committee as well as serving on the Partnerships Committee, the Ad-Hoc Bylaws Committee, and the Audit, Controls and Compliance Committee.

Bruce Hagen
Regional Executive and President
Dublin Methodist Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital
Bio

Mr. Jones is a past Chairman of the Board and currently chairs the Personnel Committee. He is retired Senior Vice President for The Dispatch Printing Company. Jones, a Franklin alumnus (1985), is a veteran of the United States Air Force and currently serves on the Boards of the American Red Cross and United Way of Franklin County.

Floyd V. Jones
Senior Vice President External Affairs (Retired)
The Dispatch Printing Company
Bio

Ms. Keitch has over 25 years of banking experience, serving in various management and leadership roles at Huntington National Bank including Indiana Regional President and East Retail Area Manager. In her current role as the Senior Vice President and Retail In-Store Channel Director, Cindy develops and executes the Retail Banking strategy to meet financial goals within the in-store sales and service delivery channels. As a vice president and director, she develops initial business strategies, manages operations of plan execution, and routinely partners with business leaders to evaluate current and future business environments. Prior to joining Huntington in 1994, Cindy held various positions with Fifth Third Bank and National City Bank. She received her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Franklin University in 2004.

Cindy Keitch
Senior Vice President and Retail In-Store Channel Director
Huntington National Bank
Bio

Mr. Lashutka is a past Chairman of the Board and serves on the committees for Partnerships, Committee on Trusteeship Governance, and advises the Ad-Hoc Bylaws Committee. Currently, Greg serves as a Senior Consultant with Findley Davies, a human resource consulting firm. He retired as Senior Vice President for Corporate Relations at Nationwide.  Before joining Nationwide, he served as Mayor of the City of Columbus, Ohio; being elected for two consecutive terms.  Prior to being mayor, Mr. Lashutka was a partner with the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey following his two terms as Columbus City Attorney.  Mr. Lashutka was co-captain of The Ohio State University football team and later played professionally for the Buffalo Bills.  Mr. Lashutka earned his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, a juris doctorate from Capital University Law School, and in 1999 was awarded an Honorary Degree of Law from The Ohio State University.  Mr. Lashutka continues to be involved with many community organizations and has been honored with numerous national and community awards. Mr. Lashutka was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership from Franklin University in 2011.

Gregory S. Lashutka
Senior Consultant
Findley Davies
Bio

Mr. Stan Partlow joined AEP Business Logistics as director of physical security and aviation services in 2005.  In this position, he holds leadership responsibilities for security operations, access control and asset protection for AEP facilities and properties and for AEP´s aviation services department.

For the 25 prior to joining AEP, Partlow served in the law enforcement community. His career included serving in the Columbus Division of Police for over 21 years, reaching the rank of Commander of the Detective Bureau. Partlow also served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1984-1988 where he was responsible for conducting a variety of criminal investigations.

Partlow holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Capital University School of Law (1995), a Master of Science degree in administration from Central Michigan University (1990), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Bowling Green State University (1980).

Stan Partlow
Managing Director, Security and Aviation
American Electric Power Company Inc.
Bio

Clarke Price is a Franklin alum, having received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. In December of 2012, Clarke retired as the President and CEO of the Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA).  During his 40-year career with OSCPA, Clarke has worked in virtually all areas of the operation, including public relations, membership, governmental relations and marketing.  Before joining the Ohio Society of CPAs, Clarke was an Account Executive with a New Jersey-based advertising agency and he is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as a Public Information Specialist. Clarke currently serves as Chair of the Board of the State Societies Network (SSNI) and Shared Services LLC (SSLLC). In the past, he was the Chairman of the America Society of Association Executives where he served on several committees, was a founding member of the CEO Center, and was made an ASAE Fellow, an honor given to less than one percent of ASAE members. Mr. Price currently serves the Franklin Board of Trustees as chair of the Audit, Controls and Compliance Committee.

 

Clarke Price
President and CEO (Retired)
The Ohio Society of CPAs
Bio

Mr. Roche retired from his position as Senior Vice President, Finance at Chemical Abstracts Services in 2008.  Prior to joining Chemical Abstracts, Mr. Roche served as Vice President, Accounting & Finance for Honda of America Manufacturing and Senior Manager Tax Consultant with Peat Marwick; a tax consultant for the CPA firms of Frank, Seringer & Chaney and Hammersmith, Roche & Jenkins.  Mr. Roche also serves on the board of Catholic Social Services as the chair of the Finance Committee and member of the Executive Committee; and serves as the treasurer for St Gabriel Radio, Inc.  Mr. Roche serves Franklin as the Chair of the Finance Committee and serves on the Partnerships Committee. 

 

Peter Roche
Senior Vice President of Finance (Retired)
Chemical Abstracts Services
Bio

Mr. Ruhlin is President of J.B. Ruhlin & Associates, manufacturers’ representatives for health care equipment. A former Board Chair, Mr. Ruhlin is a Franklin alumnus and currently serves on the Academic/Student Committee, Infrastructure Committee, and the Committee on Trusteeship Governance.

 

John B. Ruhlin Jr.
President
J.B. Ruhlin & Associates
Bio

Mr. Sanese is Vice President, Business Development, AVI Food SYSTEMS, Sanese Services Division.  He is a board member of the Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is active in several other civic organizations.  Mr. Sanese, a Franklin University alumnus, serves on the Infrastructure Committee and the Personnel Committee.

 

Ralph Sanese
Vice President
AVI Food SYSTEMS
Bio

Pamela Springer  has more than 20 years of experience building and growing technology-based companies. Pam has won the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Technology Category for the South Central Ohio and Kentucky Region. She has held leadership positions with a number of companies including Interliant, Inc. (Softbank Investment), reSOURCE PARTNER, Inc. (KKR Investment), Litton Enterprise Solutions, and Metatec, Inc. In 2000, she earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Franklin University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Pam serves the Franklin Board of Trustees  as the Chair of the Partnerships Committee.

 

Pam Springer
Founding Partner
SpringerNav
Bio

Ms. Watkins serves as Chief Human Resources Officer of Cardinal Health, Inc., a 99 billion-dollar Fortune 17 company with over 35,000 employees worldwide. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, she spent more than two decades in human resources with companies including The Limited, Lazarus, and Huntington Bank.

A Franklin alumnus, Ms. Watkins serves on the Boards of Flying Horse Farms and the Childhood League, the Leadership Development Committee of the American Heart Association's Great River Affiliate, and Executive Leadership team for the Go Reds Luncheon. She also served for more than 10 years on the Board of Action For Children, serving for two as Board President.

Carole Watkins
Chief Human Resources Officer
Cardinal Health, Inc.

Trustees Emeriti

Robert L. Bailey served as Chairman of the Franklin Board of Trustees from 1993-1994

William H. Bennett served as Chairman of the Franklin Board of Trustees from 1997-1998

Robert S. Crane * served as Chairman of the Franklin Board of Trustees from 1987-1988

David J. D'Antoni served as Chairman of the Franklin Board of Trustees from 2004-2004

J. Richard Emens served as Chairman of the Franklin Board of Trustees from 1995-1996

Phyllis H. Greene served as Chairman of the Franklin Board of Trustees from 1983-1984

James Kunk served as Chairman of the Franklin Board of Trustees from 1999-2000

General Raymond E. Mason Jr. served as Chairman of the Franklin Board of Trustees from 1985-1986

Roger L. Merrill served as Chairman of the Franklin Board of Trustees from 1972-1973

James W. Phillips * served as Chairman of the Franklin Board of Trustees from 1976-1977

C. Kenneth Smith served as Chairman of the Franklin Board of Trustees from 1981-1982

George A. Snodgrass * served as Chairman of the Franklin Board of Trustees from 1962-1963

Ralph E. Waldo served as Chairman of the Franklin Board of Trustees from 1979-1980


* Deceased

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