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Department Chair Appointed

For Immediate Release: May 16, 2012

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Klingler as Chair of the Department of Humanities & Communication Art, in the College of Arts, Sciences & Technology.   His professional experience and educational background provide the perfect credentials to lead the University’s Department of Social Sciences and Natural Sciences within the College of Arts, Sciences & Technology.   

In his role as Department Chair, Klingler will promote and support the vision and mission of the College of Arts, Sciences, & Technology. His primary responsibilities will include oversight of academic quality within the Department, guidance and support for faculty and related staff, as well as serving as a key advisor to the Dean of the College. Klingler will also have responsibility for supervision of all department faculty and staff, department curriculum oversight, assessment, and creating a collaborative working environment among other duties.  

Klingler holds a Master of Arts in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and a Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Languages and Literature from The Ohio State University. He has worked at Franklin University since 1995, with many different roles including, Interim Chair for the past 20 months of the Department of Humanities & Communication Arts, Lead Faculty of ESL, Lead Faculty for General Education, and Lead Faculty for Learning Strategies. Prior to coming to Franklin, Klingler was an English instructor at Columbus State Community College. He serves on several Franklin committees and task forces and is a member of TESOL International, Ohio TESOL, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

The College of Arts, Sciences & Technology retains a focus on fusing classic knowledge with contemporary application. Through study, students learn to think critically, ask important questions, and find practical solutions. For additional information on the College of Arts, Sciences, & Technology, visit:

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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