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Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award Recipients Announced

Columbus, OH (September 14, 2015)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults in central Ohio, celebrated its 150th Commencement on Sunday, Sept. 13. Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin recognized Elycia Taylor and Dr. David Meckstroth from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award.

Congratulations to this trimester’s recipients: Elycia Taylor, Undergraduate Faculty and Dr. David Meckstroth, Master of Healthcare Administration Faculty.

Elycia Taylor has been teaching courses in communications and public relations at Franklin since 2006. As an educator, her goal is to expose students to the multitude of choices they have in understanding course concepts. She attempts to create an open environment that allows students to experiment and choose their own preferred way of understanding, fostering a meaningful personal connection with the subject and providing a sense of control in applying information outside the classroom.

Taylor is currently a Ph.D. candidate in communication focusing on communication technology and gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her master’s at West Virginia University and her bachelor’s degree at Capital University.

Student Nomination:
“I absolutely loved having Elycia Taylor as a professor. She challenged me and gave very detailed and constructive feedback that I could apply not only apply to my papers, but also to improving my academic performance as a whole. I appreciated all the extra work she put into our classes to make sure we understood the assignments. She is an excellent professor and because she was so dedicated to her craft, I wanted to do my best to impress her. I appreciated all I have learned from her.’”

Dr. David Meckstroth brings a wealth of knowledge from his 40-year career in the healthcare industry into Franklin’s courses. Meckstroth draws on his executive experience – including 14 years as the chief executive officer of Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, Ohio – to teach classes in healthcare finance, operations and strategic management. He believes in the students at Franklin University and strives to augment their experiences and education as they aim to enhance their lives and careers. Meckstroth holds a doctorate in health administration from Central Michigan University and a MBA from the University of Dayton.

Student Nomination:
“Dr. Meckstroth is an exceptional professor. He took extra time to get to know all of the students on a more personal basis, was very encouraging and detailed in his teaching, and motivated us to understand the coursework. He made sure all our questions were answered in a timely manner and always explained issues in depth. Dr. Meckstroth truly inspired me during my time at Franklin.”

About the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award
Each trimester, two faculty members are honored with the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award. Graduating students are asked to identify one undergraduate and one graduate faculty member who had the most significant influence on them throughout their educational experience at Franklin University. The award recognizes those who have challenged students intellectually and guided them in finding the significance of the course content as it relates to them both personally and professionally.

While more than 100 graduate and undergraduate faculty members are nominated each trimester – clearly showing the magnitude of interaction between students and faculty at Franklin University – the faculty members receiving the most nominations are awarded this honor.

These awards are funded through an endowment established by State Auto Insurance Companies in recognition of Robert L. Bailey, who served State Auto for 28 years in various positions, including President, CEO, and Chairman, until his retirement in 2000. Bailey is also a past Chair and a Trustee Emeritus of Franklin University’s Board of Trustees.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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