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Franklin University Board of Trustees Elects New Chairman

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2011

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

During its regularly scheduled January meeting, Franklin University’s Board of Trustees unanimously elected Gary W. James as its new chairman.  James replaces Melissa Ingwersen, who served as Board Chair for the past term.

James is a 1971 graduate of Franklin University and serves as President of Dynalab, Inc.; President of GPAX, Inc.; and President of JAAS Systems. He has also served as President of a local Kiwanis club, Treasurer of National Church Residences, and in numerous other community organizations. As a longstanding member of the Board of Trustees, James has served in a variety of roles, most recently as Chairman of the Board's Investment Committee. 

During its January meeting, the Board also elected Franklin alumnus Gary L. Flynn (’71) as Vice Chairman.  Prior to his retirement, Flynn served as President of Ross Products, Division of Abbott Laboratories, a leading global broad-based healthcare company.  In addition to serving on the Franklin Board since 2002, most recently as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, Flynn serves on numerous Central Ohio community boards.

The Franklin Board of Trustees governs the University utilizing leadership comprised of respected business and community leaders.  Members of the University’s Board apply their extensive business and professional experience to help guide the direction of the University and help it effectively adapt to anticipated changes in society and the business community.

Other Board members include: Jack Cartner, Jo Ann Davidson, Sue Doody, Mary Laird Duchi, Phil FankHauser, Anthony Gonsalves, Eugene Griffin, Bruce Hagen, Judy Huang, Melissa Ingerwersen, Matthew Jauchius, Carl Johnson, Floyd Jones, James Kunk, Gregory Lashutka, Clarke Price, Peter Roche, John Ruhlin, Jr., Ralph Sanese, Thomas Shoupe, and Carole Watkins.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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