Faculty Profile

Debra Petrizzo-Wilkins, DBA

Adjunct Faculty and Doctoral Faculty Advisor



Debra offers 20+ years of experience in senior-level accounting and program leadership roles. Currently, as Program Chair, Accounting with Franklin University, she has not only developed courses for, and taught within, undergraduate and graduate programs, she has played a key role in the creation of Franklin's Global MBA Program. Since joining Franklin University in 2009, Debra has been involved in numerous institutional and academic development committees, crafted courses marketed to schools around the world, traveled internationally to teach within partner schools, and championed efforts to bring Sigma Beta Delta international honor society to campus. Through these efforts, Debra has been instrumental in elevating programs, extending reach to students around the world, cultivating international partnerships, and recognizing the successes of students graduating from Franklin University. Continuing this pattern of contribution throughout each of Debra's career roles, her work with Alstom Train Life Services and Electro-Motive Diesels, Inc (EMD) was just as impressive. With each organization, Debra improved systems, created first-time processes, enhanced cost controls, and recognized opportunities to optimize performance. For example, with Alstom, Debra increased contract revenue by more than 300% by understanding contract terms and capitalizing on missed opportunities. With EMD as their International and Global Inventory Controller and Aftermarket Controller Debra gained control of $285 million in inventory sitting on 3 continents; put in place the systems and controls to manage said inventory; and brought a new level of accountability and transparency to accounting, analysis, and auditing processes.


Argosy University (Sarasota, Florida)
Doctor of Business Administration, Accounting
Chadron State College (Chadron, Nebraska)
Master of Business Administration, Business Administration
Chadron State College (Chadron, Nebraska)
Bachelor of Arts, Accounting


Protecting Human Research Participants, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research

Work Experience

2017 - Present
Franklin University, Adjunct Faculty & Doctoral Faculty Advisor
2016 - 2017
Franklin University, Program Chair, Accounting, Franklin University
2010 - 2016
Franklin University, Lead Faculty
2009 - 2010
Franklin University, Lead Faculty

Publications & Presentations

Petrizzo-Wilkins, D., Seaborne, W., & Seiler, T. (2016, Dec. 31). Implementing a New Kind of DBA at Franklin University. IACBE Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting, Memphis, TN.
Reymann, T., & Petrizzo-Wilkins, D. (2015, Jun. 5). How to Achieve Full Engagement and Connection with the Adult Learner Through the Design and Delivery of Online Courses. Teaching and Learning Conference, Columbus.