Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults in central Ohio, celebrated its 157th Commencement on Sunday, Jan. 7. Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin recognized Brian D. Butcher, and Jon Signoracci, from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award.
Congratulations to this trimester’s recipients: Brian D. Butcher, undergraduate faculty in human resources management and Jon Signoracci, graduate faculty in accounting.
Brian D. Butcher has served as an adjunct professor in Franklin’s undergraduate and graduate human resources programs since 2013. As a practicing attorney and a human resources/labor consultant, his focus has always been to provide students with real-life examples and guidance. Butcher is vice president and chief operations officer at Clemans, Nelson & Associates. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both business and political science from Muskingum University and a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School.
One student shared…“Professor Butcher was passionate about the class, energetic and professional in every way. He gave our class a real world look at labor management and labor laws – even adding materials and current information to give us a different perspective. His feedback made students want to do better and think outside the box. His explanations of the course material provided a deep understanding that left students really engaged and inspired after his classes.”
Jon Signoracci brings experience from public accounting and private industry to Franklin University’s undergraduate accounting capstone course and the M.S. in Accounting program. A former partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, he also held financial executive positions in varied business environments. His experience with the essentials of effective leadership evolved through the practice of providing creative solutions in response to diverse business challenges. His classroom approach links value, the business world’s practical common denominator, to quality critical thinking, a fundamental emphasized in the academic setting. At the core of his passion for education is the thrill of greater understanding through discovery and the reward of student achievement. Professor Signoracci considers himself a student and he enjoys collaborating with others who demonstrate the willingness and commitment to make the investment in learning.
One student shared “Professor Signoracci is simply amazing. He brings real life experience into the classroom, where discussion makes students think more about the situation at hand and beyond. His teaching prepares students to succeed and grow by forcing them to examine the process that lead to their conclusions and to substantiate their claims with facts rather than emotions.”
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.