Press Release

Franklin University and IACBE Partner to Host Leaning into the Future of Work: Lessons in Leadership from a NASA Astronaut


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations
(614) 947-6581

Columbus, OH (January 28, 2021)

Effective leadership is essential for advancing both individuals and organizations that involves the ability to properly influence others toward a unified goal. Following this concept, Franklin University, through its Leadership Center, is proud to announce its partnership with the  International Accreditation Council for Business Education (“IACBE” ) to host the Feb. 25 “Leaning into the Future of Work: Lessons in Leadership from a NASA Astronaut” virtual event featuring NASA Astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock (Colonel, U.S. Army, Ret.) .

With over 60 years of advancing technologies, leadership, and social practices, NASA has enabled humans to live, work, and play in space. These same technologies and practices work their way into organizations and communities, and present the opportunity to improve the human condition right here on Earth within the next 10 years. For NASA the future is now. However, knowledge of the future isn’t evenly distributed here on Earth. 

Col. Douglas Wheelock’s experience with interacting with our civilization's most advanced technologies and in leading successful space missions is legendary. In this time of extraordinary disruption and transformation of every aspect of society, his insights will help both leaders and educators prepare for the future and to develop the competencies that enable others to thrive in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) future.

To register for this event, visit:

About NASA Astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock (Colonel, U.S. Army, Ret.)
Douglas H. Wheelock was selected by NASA in 1998. The retired Colonel has accumulated more than 178 days on the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and Russian Soyuz. Wheelock flew on STS-120 in 2007, and in 2010, he served as a Flight Engineer for Expedition 24 and commander for Expedition 25. During this mission, Wheelock conducted three unplanned spacewalks to replace a faulty ammonia pump module. The New York native holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Engineering from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. Find the full biography here.

The mission of the IACBE is to advance academic quality in business programs through evidence-based accreditation that encourages institutions to build unique educational models to reflect their mission and vision. The IACBE accredits business programs that lead to degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels in institutions of higher education worldwide. For information on becoming a member and earning accredited status, visit our website at or contact us at

About the Franklin University Leadership Center
Leadership is an art that involves life-long learning. With this in mind, Franklin University supports and advances today’s and tomorrow’s leaders through its Leadership Center. Each of the Leadership Center’s unique programs focuses on a level of leadership aimed at improving and developing leadership skills and competencies in today’s managers and leaders. A primary goal of the Leadership Center is to ensure today’s managers and leaders have the capabilities necessary for leadership effectiveness in the 21st century. The Leadership Center inspires the creation and sharing of knowledge and innovative leadership practices through advanced teaching and transformative learning experiences in our dynamic, rapidly changing global community. Learn more about the Leadership Center and its offerings by visiting:


Franklin University
Contact: Sherry Mercurio, Executive Director, Office of Community Relations
Office Tel.: 614.947.6581
Cell: 614.949.0316

Contact: Ted Collins, J.D., Vice President of Member Services and Marketing
International Accreditation Council for Business Education
Tel: 913-631-3009

Contact: John Stephen, Virtual Appearances Specialist
Tel.: (229) 232-0870

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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