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Franklin University Holds News Conference to Announce Local Law Enforcement Feasibility Study Grant

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2016

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

On Tuesday, June 28, Franklin University will host a news conference to announce the awarding of a Local Government Innovation grant to a public-private consortium led by the Columbus State Community College Police Department and Franklin University’s Department of Public Administration. 

The grant will help fund a collaboration between the University and seven Central Ohio law enforcement organizations that employ and train 300 officers, to study and assess the feasibility of using a common learning management system, BlueQuill, for the development, delivery, tracking, and reporting of agency training in online and hybrid formats. 

The organizations participating in this innovative public-private partnership include: Columbus State Community College Police Department (serving as the lead law enforcement agency), Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Powell Police Department, Reynoldsburg Police Department, Westerville Police Department, Worthington Police Department, Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation and Franklin University.


  • Dr. David Decker, President, Franklin University
  • Dr. Jonathan McCombs, Program Chair, Criminal Justice Administration, Franklin University
  • MarKel Snyder, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives, Franklin University
  • Chief Sean Asbury, Chief of Police, Columbus State Community College
  • Chief Joe Morbitzer, Chief of Police, Westerville

Where: Franklin University Main Campus, Parking Lot C (Corner of E. Main and S. Grant)
or Ross Auditorium, Alumni Hall in the event of rain

When: Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m.

About Franklin University
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, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. Franklin offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs (including the new applied doctorate offerings) 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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