Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults in central Ohio, celebrated its 156th Commencement on Sunday, Aug. 13. Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin recognized Christine Seebon and Dr. Michael Powers from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award.
Congratulations to this trimester’s recipients: Christine Seebon, undergraduate faculty in business administration and management, and Dr. Michael Powers, graduate faculty in computer science.
Christine Seebon is a leadership coach and senior project manager at Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc. She has also been teaching at Franklin University since 2008. Prior to her current roles, Seebon held positions with PNC, J.P. Morgan, National City Bank, KeyCorp and Odd Lots where she has gained extensive experience in business strategy, change initiatives, complex project management, organizational effectiveness, and others. Seebon attributes her teaching philosophy with the culmination of her career and academic experience, and the continued study of transformational coaching. Seebon earned her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and her MBA from the University of Dayton.
“Professor Seebon taught us with positivity and an engaging teaching style that helped create a great atmosphere for learning. She used interesting group tasks and her own work experience to help us understand the material. Professor Seebon gave detailed explanations to our questions and genuinely cared about her students.”
Dr. Michael Powers has been an adjunct faculty member of Franklin University’s Computer and Information Science Department since 2000. As a technology industry professional with expertise in government, consulting and financial services industries, he brings practical application to his teaching to ensure today’s working adults can achieve their educational and professional goals. Dr. Powers earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College and his master’s degree in business administration (information systems) from National-Louis University. He also holds a Ph.D. in business administration (Information Systems) from Northcentral University. Dr. Powers and his wife, Lisa, live in central Ohio, and have two daughters in college.
“Dr. Powers is a terrific professor. He motivated the class to really think about the material and produce our best work. He provided a realistic view of the subject and shared his experience from the field. Dr. Powers listened well to our questions and took the time to make sure everyone understood.”
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.
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.