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Franklin University Faculty Elected to IACBE Great Lakes Regional Assembly

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Sherry Mercurio
Director of Public Relations
614.947.6581
Email: sherry.mercurio@franklin.edu

Columbus, OH (October 12, 2016)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is proud to announce the election of Dr. Debra Petrizzo and Dr. Wendell Seaborne as President and Vice President of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) Great Lakes Regional Assembly. Election of the two new officials was held during the Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting October 5-8, 2016, hosted at Franklin University’s main campus in Columbus, Ohio.

Election of two Franklin representatives is a positive reflection on the University’s reputation and furthers the mission and education cornerstone that decisions and resource allocations reflect a commitment to developing high-quality curricula and instruction in professional fields of study.  It is this commitment that provides the University with the distinction of being the second largest provider of business related degrees in Ohio.

Dr. Debra Petrizzo
Dr. Petrizzo serves as the Program Chair for Franklin University’s Accounting program. In her role, she calls upon her more than 20 years of experience in senior-level accounting and program leadership roles. Currently, in addition to serving as Program Chair, she has developed courses for, and taught within, undergraduate and graduate programs, and has played a key role in the creation of Franklin’s Global MBA Program.

As IACBE Great Lakes Regional Assembly President, Dr. Debra Petrizzo will spend her two-year term in office as presiding officer at business meetings of the assembly, will work with and assist the president of IACBE in membership development within the region, and may appoint committee members and designate the chair of each committee.

Dr. Wendell Seaborne
Dr. Wendell Seaborne serves as the Program Chair of Franklin University’s new Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program. He brings to Franklin academic experience in the Falls School of Business at Anderson University and industry experience with a major electric utility, Duke Energy-Indiana and its predecessor companies: Cinergy-PSI, PSI Energy, and Public Service Indiana.

As Vice President, Dr. Wendell Seaborne will be responsible for planning and organizing the annual Regional Assembly Conference (RAC) for the region and submitting to IACBE headquarters all conference documentation. The vice president serves a two-year term. After a president completes his/her term of office, the vice president becomes the next president of the Regional Assembly and serves a two-year term.

Accredited universities and programs are held to rigorous academic standards by state and regional governing bodies, making sure your education is of the highest quality. 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).

About the IACBE Great Lakes Regional Assembly
The mission of the IACBE is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs. In order to advance this mission and its associated broad-based goals, the IACBE has established Regional Assemblies, which operate under the authority of the Board of Directors of the IACBE and in accordance with the bylaws of the IACBE. 

About IACBE
The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) was founded in 1997 in response to the expressed needs of presidents, chief academic officers, and business deans and chairs who wanted an accreditation process that was mission-driven and outcomes-based. The IACBE is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world.

The IACBE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions and campuses worldwide, and has accredited over 1,300 business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America.

The IACBE’s World Headquarters are located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, 66215, USA.

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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