Press Release

Franklin University’s Dr. Chenelle Jones to Receive NBMBAA - Columbus Chapter Citizen of the Year Race for Excellence Award


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations

Columbus, OH (January 24, 2020)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults in central Ohio, is proud to announce that Dr. Chenelle Jones, chair, public safety programs & assistant dean, community engagement has been selected to receive the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) - Columbus Chapter Citizen of the Year Race for Excellence Award. This award is given to individuals with a connection to the Greater Columbus area who demonstrate excellence and leadership in the fields of education and academic advancement, professional and civic leadership, and economic empowerment. Dr. Jones will be honored at NBMBAA’s – Columbus Chapter’s Race for Excellence Derby Celebration on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Widely recognized as a superb scholar and important contributor within the community, Dr. Jones’ accolades include being recently named to Business First’s 40 under Forty list; and selection as an Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2018 Emerald Literati Awards for her article The New Jane Crow: Mass Incarceration and the Denied Maternity of Black Women.

Dr. Jones received her Ph.D. in the Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Her research interests include race and crime, policing, and juvenile delinquency. In furtherance of her academic interests, Dr. Jones serves as the National Director of Research for the Teen and Police Service (TAPS) Academy, a federally funded program designed to reduce social distance between police officers and youth. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on public perceptions of the police, race, and the administration of justice, and is the co-editor of A Critical Analysis of Race and the Administration of Justice.

The University congratulates Dr. Jones for being an inspiration of excellence in the Greater Columbus community!

About National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) - Columbus Chapter

The National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA) was founded in 1970 at a two-day conference held at the University of Chicago, by a group of African American MBA students, faculty, advisors, and businessmen.

Founded in 1993, the NBMBAA Columbus Chapter has created programs that helped professional career minded people as well as our youth. Being named Chapter of the Year six times in a row, the Columbus Chapter has been very proactive in the Central Ohio Community.

The National Black MBA Association® leads in the creation of educational opportunities and economic growth for Black professionals.

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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