Press Release

Franklin University Announces Academic Leadership Fellows


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

Columbus, OH (November 7, 2022)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is proud to announce the launch of its new Academic Leadership Fellow role within its academic organizational structure. New for the Fall 2022 trimester, four faculty members have been selected for the inaugural 2022-23 class, which will run from Oct.1, 2022 through July 31, 2023. Through today’s announcement, the University further demonstrates its Core Values of integrity, respect, opportunity, learning, and excellence by continuing the development of its faculty to help meet the educational needs of working adults.

At the core of its purpose, the Franklin University Academic Leadership Fellows program provides opportunities for faculty to leverage their capabilities to influence approaches to academic transformation and contribute their strengths to addressing organizational challenges and pursuing new opportunities. The program is designed to develop participants' leadership skills related to conceptualizing and implementing operational improvements and/or academic innovation. 

"Our commitment to developing our bench of talent to deal with the headwinds facing our industry will better position us to adapt to emerging realities and grow through the stress and disorder of change together," shared Dr, Christopher Washington, executive vice president & provost, Franklin University.
Each Fellow was selected based on their expressed interest in academic leadership and an overall inclination toward academic leadership development. In their new role, the four Fellows will either lead and/or support specific projects that significantly align with the University and academic goals, with access to the distinguished American Council on Education’s Agile Leadership curriculum as a framework to guide innovation. 

•    Dr. Rachel Althof will have an Operational Improvement assignment and will work with Dr. Alyncia Bowen who will serve as her mentor.
•    Dr. JoAnn Jordan will have an Academic Innovation assignment and will work with Dr. Patrick Bennett who will serve as her mentor.
•    Dr. Martina Peng will have an Operational Improvement assignment and will work with Dr. Kody Kuehnl who will serve as her mentor.
•    Dr. Todd Whittaker will have an Academic Innovation assignment and will work with Dr. Jonathan McCombs who will serve as his mentor. 

As part of their leadership development, all of the Academic Leadership Fellows have been assigned mentors who will provide guidance and feedback throughout the term of service.

The University congratulates its inaugural class of Academic Leadership Fellows.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit, and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite 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, masters, and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. Through agreements with partner institutions, the University also offers international academic programs, including its top-ranked MBA.

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, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Franklin University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).

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