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.
Doctor of Philosophy, Edu PAES
Master of Science, College Student Personnel
Bachelor of Arts, Communications
Publications & Presentations
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
Columbus Council on World Affairs
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, Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC)
(Columbus, Ohio) End Date: 2015
(Columbus, Ohio) End Date: 2012
International Visitors Council of Columbus, Ohio
Sigma Beta Delta, Franklin University Chapter
United Way of Central Ohio
Ohio Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation Council
Columbus Urban League, Governing Board Chairman, CUL Head Start Policy Council
Lifeline of Ohio
Chapter President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Columbus Alumni Chapter