Press Release

Franklin University Announces Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations

Columbus, OH (March 27, 2019)

After an extensive and thorough search process which attracted more than 150 applicants, Franklin University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Wendell Seaborne to the position of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

As Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Seaborne will utilize his extensive experience in higher education and industry to work to preserve and enhance academic quality and student learning across the University.

The recommendation to appoint Dr. Seaborne was made by a search committee comprised of university leadership, faculty and staff. The committee reviewed a final group of both internal and external candidates using a multi-faceted competency assessment.  Competency areas focused on the areas of strategic vision, cultural fit, student-centeredness, and academic quality.

About Dr. Wendell Seaborne
Dr. Seaborne has been a faculty member with Franklin University since 2011. He has served as Dean of Doctoral Studies, Department Chair for the Business Administration programs; DBA Program Chair, with additional responsibility for the MBA program and for undergraduate management programs; Director of Doctoral Studies; and as President of Faculty Senate. In his new role, Dr. Seaborne will report to the President of Franklin University, Dr. David Decker, and will join the President’s Council.

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About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides on-site course options at our Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, 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, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Franklin is only one of three schools in Ohio designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. 

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