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Franklin University Board of Trustees Elects New Chairman

For Immediate Release: January 23, 2017

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

During its regularly scheduled January Annual Meeting of the Membership, Franklin University’s Board of Trustees unanimously elected Bruce Hagen as its new chair person. Hagen replaces Mary Laird Duchi, who served as Board Chair for the past term.

Hagen has extensive background in the healthcare industry. As the regional executive and president of OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, he is responsible for coordinating OhioHealth’s growth in the northern areas served by the hospital system. Hagen 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.

During the January meeting, the Board also elected Clarke Price as Vice Chairman. 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. Price also currently serves the Franklin Board of Trustees as chair of the Audit, Controls and Compliance Committee.
Carl Johnson continues to serve as Secretary for the Franklin University Board of Trustees. Johnson has more than 25 years’ experience in manufacturing and supply chain management, and serves as Director of Manufacturing, North America Automotive Aftermarket for Pittsburg, Paint & Glass (PPG).  He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University (TX), and serves on numerous boards, including Recreation Unlimited and the Delaware County Red Cross. Johnson serves on the Finance Committee and the Partnerships Committee.

The Franklin Board of Trustees governs the University utilizing leadership comprised of respected business and community leaders. Members of the University’s Board apply their extensive business and professional experience to help guide the direction of the University and help it effectively adapt to anticipated changes in society and the business community. Through their leadership and industry insight, Franklin University has stayed true to its philosophy of being a pioneer in meeting the needs of adult students who have the ambition to continue their education in combination with other responsibilities by adapting to their needs and responding to changes in society, professions, and the business community. 

Other Board members include:  Jack Cartner, Jamie Crane, Sue Doody, Mary Duchi, Phil Fankhauser, Gary Flynn, Ted Ford, Anthony Gonsalves, Eugene Griffin, Melissa Gutierrez, Gary James, Floyd Jones, Gregory Lashutka, Stan Partlow, Peter Roche, Ralph Sanese, Pam Springer, David Stone and Carole Watkins.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through 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. In addition, 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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