Faculty Profile

Christopher Washington, Ph.D.

Provost and Executive Vice President



Dr. Christopher Washington serves as the Provost and Executive Vice President of Franklin University. In his role, Dr. Washington has adapted and responded to the rapidly evolving technological, social, demographic, and competitive landscape affecting higher education institutions today. He has dramatically increased the number of academic programs as the Chief Academic Officer, and supported the advancement of Franklin’s internationalization through relationships with partnering universities in Europe, Central America, the Middle East region, and Asia. Committed to higher education quality and excellence, Dr. Washington served as a Consultant Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission, on Ohio Department of Higher Education committees, and as a Leadership Facilitator for the Spectrum Leadership Program and the CAO Leadership Program for the American Council on Education. He currently serves as National Board Chair of Global Ties U.S. and has been a member of the boards of The Metro Schools, the International Visitors Council, and the Columbus Council of World Affairs. He is a recipient of numerous awards including Business First’s Forty under 40, Ohio Magazine’s Outstanding Educator Award, and Franklin University’s Robert L. Bailey Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. Washington has received the Pi Lambda Theta Leadership in Education Award, the Western Illinois University Alumni Achievement Award, and the 2016 Learning! Champion Award for outstanding contributions to the learning industry by Elearning! Magazine. Dr. Washington was selected for the Fulbright Specialist Roster in 2015 and is a member of the United States Speakers Bureau, and the Forbes Nonprofit Council. Dr. Washington holds a Ph.D. in human resource development from Ohio State University, a master of science in college student personnel, and a bachelor of arts in communications from Western Illinois University.


The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
Doctor of Philosophy, Edu PAES
Western Illinois University (Macomb, Illinois)
Master of Science, College Student Personnel
Western Illinois University (Macomb, Illinois)
Bachelor of Arts, Communications


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

Work Experience

2017 - Present
Franklin University, Executive Vice President & Provost
2008 - 2017
Franklin University, Provost & Sr VP for Academic Affairs, Franklin University
2005 - 2008
Franklin University, Provost + Sr. VP for Academic Affairs/ Chief Academic Officer
2002 - 2005
Franklin University, Associate Dean and Program Chair
1999 - 2002
Franklin University, Faculty

Publications & Presentations

Washington, C., & Yang, Y. (2015, Feb. 06). Amplifying our impact: Exploring technology-enhanced approaches to extraordinary citizen diplomacy. 2015 Global Ties U.S. National Meeting, Washington D.C.
Washington, C., Chongwony, L., Gardner, J., Washington , C., & Yang, Y. (2014, Nov. 14). Going global: transnational education partnership models - challenges and opportunities. Franklin University Learning Showcase, Columbus, Ohio.
Washington, C. (2013, Dec. 31). Get to Know Franklin University.
Washington, C. (2013, Dec. 31). . Franklin MBA Day at Wyzsza Skola Bankowa, Bydgoszcze, Poznan and Szczecin, Poland.
Washington, C. (2013, Dec. 31). Unleashing Workforce Creativity: The 21st century Leadership Imperative. Hall Leadership Breakfast.
Washington, C. (2012, Dec. 31). Establishing International Partnership that Assures and Advances Academic Quality. 2012 IACBE Latin American Regional Assembly Conference, Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Washington, C. (2012, Dec. 31). Innovation and Leadership Seminar. Guatemala City, Guatemala and San Salvador, El Salvador.
Washington, C. (2012, Dec. 31). MBA Faculty Orientation Presentation. Muscat, Oman.
Washington, C. (2012, Dec. 31). Curriculum Development and Horizons in Education for Polish Educators. International Innovations in Education Forum, Columbus, OH.
Washington, C. (2012, Dec. 31). MBA Orientation Presentation for Faculty and Students. Bratislava, Slovakia.
Washington, C. (2012, Dec. 31). The Value of International Education. Mangalore, India.
Washington, C. (2012). Reaching Across Borders. (Dec-12) The Columbus African American News Journal.
Washington, C. (2011, Dec. 31). COMBA Construction College Graduation Speaker. Columbus, OH.
Washington, C. (2011, Dec. 31). EEO Academy Speaker on ""Cultural Diversity.
Washington, C. (2011, Dec. 31). Two-day Workshop on Curriculum Design and Outcomes for senior officials. Poznan, Poland.
Washington, C. (2011, Dec. 31). Professional Development. The University of Economics in Bratislava (EUBA), Bratislava, Slovakia.
Washington, C. (2011, Dec. 31). Transforming Your University. Sir Arthur Lewis University, St. Lucia.
Washington, C. (2011, Dec. 31). Introduction to Adult Learning Theory in the Judicial Branch.
Washington, C. (2010, Dec. 31). Going Online. Workshop for HBCU presidents, New York.
Washington, C. (2010, Dec. 31). Applying Your Knowledge of Communications Theory. Western Illinois University, Illinois.
Washington, C. (2010). The Benefits of Access Far Outweigh the Costs. Chronicle of Higher Education.
Washington, C. (2009). Going Global.

Professional Service

Board Member
Columbus Council on World Affairs
Committee Chair
Research Council of Studies in Management and Finance, Poznan School of Banking Press
Research Council for The Poznan School of Banking Research Journal
Board Member
International Visitors Council of Columbus, Ohio
(Columbus, 157)
Board Member
Godman Guild
(Columbus, 157) End Date: 2012
Board Member
Board Member, Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC)
(Columbus, 157) End Date: 2015
Sigma Beta Delta, Franklin University Chapter
United Way of Central Ohio
Board Member
Ohio Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation Council
Columbus Urban League, Governing Board Chairman, CUL Head Start Policy Council
End Date: 2009
Board Member
Lifeline of Ohio
End Date: 2009
Officer, President/Elect/Past
Chapter President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Columbus Alumni Chapter
End Date: 2005
Academy of Human Resource Development
Academy of Management
Big Brothers/Big Sister
Downtown Kiwanis Club of Columbus, OH
Habitat for Humanity (Central Ohio)
National Black MBA Association
Outcomes Advisory Council, United Way of Central Ohio