Franklin University Alumni Awards

Franklin University Alumni Awards – Recognizing Alumni Achievements

The Franklin University Alumni Awards have been established to recognize the many achievements of Franklin University alumni, both professionally and personally. 

With one category awarded each term, winners will be recognized during corresponding commencement ceremonies.

The Awards consist of three (3) categories Franklin University Alumni Award for Professional Excellence, Franklin University Alumni of the Year Award, and Franklin University Alumni Award for Social Impact, and are open to Franklin University alumni. The Franklin University Alumni Advisory Council will consider nominations and applications and will make its recommendations to the University’s president for approval. 

Alumni of the Year Award

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The Alumni of the Year award will be awarded to an outstanding alumnus who has given time, talent or treasure to the University in an elevated way; and who makes an impact on current students.

Inaugural Alumni of the year 2022 Award Winner

Philip Fankhauser

"Philip Fankhauser is a 1968 graduate of Franklin University. His career spans more than 50 years in real estate development and new homes construction. Fankhauser is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Lifestyle Residential Development Council. He also serves on Franklin University’s Board of Trustees and is supportive of new educational initiatives to broaden Franklin’s offerings in the fields of sales and sales management. "

Alumni Award for Social Impact

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The Alumni Award for Social Impact will be awarded to an outstanding alumnus who demonstrates the positive impact they have had on a/the community through their work in social innovation within the profit, non-profit or public sector; or who demonstrates a significant, long-term impact of their contribution to the Community and University. Evidence of impact may include but is not limited to a demonstrated positive impact on a community arising from social innovation; including, but not limited to; social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, volunteerism, and community development, and verification of enduring and positive outcomes for the community and University.

Inaugural Winner - Alumni Award for Social Impact

Brandon Curry

"Brandon is a driven public administrator with years of experience developing workforce strategies and managing community programs. As the Director of Workforce Development & Community Engagement at Singleton Construction, Brandon leads Singleton’s initiatives around community outreach and works diligently to find solutions for sustaining and retaining a viable workforce. "

Alumni Award for Professional Excellence

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The Alumni Award for Professional Excellence will be awarded to an outstanding alumnus who has achieved sustained success throughout their career that is noteworthy and exceptional, demonstrated sustained contribution to their profession at local, national and international levels, and raised their profile and standing within their community, country, or internationally and bring greater recognition to their profession.

Alumni Awards - Alumni Award for Professional Excellence Section

Matthew W. McCrysta

"Matthew W. McCrystal currently serves as the planning training and exercise branch chief at the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Management Agency. In this role, Matthew is responsible for the development and maintenance of the state’s emergency operations plan, the administration of emergency management and homeland security trainings offered throughout the state, as well as the development and execution of state-level exercises. In this capacity, he also has a direct role in the planning efforts and exercise design process for a multitude of all-hazards scenarios including but not limited to: coordinated terrorist attacks, active shooter incidents, bomb threats, bioterrorism and emergency operation center activations"