Fall 2011 Commencement
For Immediate Release: January 4, 2012
Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations
Columbus, OH —
Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, will hold its 139th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, January 8, 2012, during which nearly 700 degree candidates will receive their diplomas at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
Scott Whitlock will address the graduates. For the past 44 years, Scott Whitlock has achieved a remarkable number of successes in the practice of law, business and management, and restoration of the arts around Columbus, Ohio.
After moving to Columbus over 44 years ago to practice law, Mr. Whitlock became one of the founders of the
He built a law practice focused on commercial real estate development, and represented utility customers in litigation at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. He left law and became the senior American Executive at Honda and rose to become the Executive Vice President and Director of Honda of American Mfg., Inc. During his time, he led Honda through a variety of successes as well as the establishment of the transportation research endowment at The Ohio State University. He later returned to the practice of law while also organizing non-profits, such as SciTech with The Ohio State University.
Mr. Whitlock joined the Board of Trustees of Franklin University over 20 years ago. He has served as the first chair of Franklin’s Investment Committee, and chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. He also served as Trustee and President of SciTech, and as a director of a variety of local companies across several industries.
Whitlock has taught real estate law at the Capital University Paralegal Training Program, management philosophy and practice at Honda’s Ohio manufacturing operations, and information management with a team at Franklin University. He taught business planning to local entrepreneurs through the Ohio Foundation for Entrepreneurial Education.
Scott Whitlock holds degrees from Denison University and Harvard Law School. He is now retired.
In recognition of his 44 years of community leadership in the arts, business, and higher education, the Board of Trustees will confer upon Whitlock the Honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership during the ceremony.
Graduating M.S. in Computer Science student Ranna Patel will also address the graduates. A test engineer at Dynalab, Inc., Ranna earned her promotion during her graduate studies. Previously, Ranna lived in Gondia, India. She earned her Electronic & Communication Engineering degree from the University of Nagpur, where she was honored by the Vice President of India with a gold medal for achievement.
Now with her graduate degree, Ranna plans to permanently call the United States her home.
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 www.franklin.edu.
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).