Press Release

Franklin University Appoints Dr. Jessica Chambers as Dean of Students


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

Columbus, OH (August 22, 2023)

After an extensive search of qualified candidates, Franklin University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jessica Chambers as the new Dean of Students.  With a wealth of experience in higher education and student affairs, Dr. Chambers brings a deep understanding of the needs of post-traditional students and a strong commitment to student success.

In her role, Dr. Chambers will guide the university’s student affairs efforts, providing strategic direction for academic advising, community standards, career development, student communication and student life.  Her alignment with Franklin’s student-focused mission is demonstrated through her extensive commitment to student-centered service, having served in the Dean of Students role at two other institutions.  Her extensive background, combined with her passion for student advocacy, makes her a valuable addition to the Franklin University leadership team.
 “I am excited and honored to join Franklin University as the Dean of Students.  This is a strong institution with an innovative spirit and a unique approach to online student success.  I am excited to work alongside the talented faculty and staff to enhance the student experience further and help students achieve their goals.” 

Dr. Chambers earned her doctorate in education at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, as well as a master’s degree in human resources and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication.  She will be a key contributor to the university’s ongoing commitment to providing a high-quality, relevant education to the broadest possible community of learners.

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).

News Type

  • University