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Franklin University Board of Trustees Chairman Named Award Finalist

For Immediate Release: May 17, 2011

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, a leading educator of working adults in Central Ohio,wishes to congratulate Gary James, Chairman of its Board of Trustees for being named a finalist in the 2011 Ernst & Young South Central Ohio & Kentucky Entrepreneur Of The Year® award.

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® is a business award for entrepreneurs that encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® award celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

The program honors entrepreneurs regionally this June, leading up to the national awards in November. The overall national winner then moves on to compete for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in June 2012.

About Gary James
In addition to serving as Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees, James 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.  He has served as President of Kiwanis, Treasurer of National Church Residences, and in numerous other community organizations.  James is an alumnus of Franklin University. 

James joins a prestigious group of regional finalists that include local entrepreneurs Jeni Britton Bauer, Founder, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, and Steven Davis, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bob Evans Farms, Inc.

Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. Annually, nearly 10,000 students attend Franklin, through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, three Central Ohio locations and in Beavercreek, as well as at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, in addition to online. Franklin offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs (including the new Certificate in Criminal Justice and Logistics Management major) and graduates more than 1,500 students annually. The University’s MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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