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Franklin Provost Joins International Visitors Council of Columbus

For Immediate Release: January 20, 2011

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, a leading educator of working adults, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Christopher Washington, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, to the Board of Trustees of the International Visitors Council of Columbus (IVC).

In 2010, as the Columbus organization officially charged with executing the mission of the State Department in Central Ohio, IVC hosted nearly one hundred future leaders from around the world to Columbus through a number of international programs and community and corporate support.  In 2011, the State Department will focus its efforts on building relationships in specific areas of the world, including several Middle Eastern countries, the former Soviet bloc countries, Asia, Europe, and South and Central America.

“I am honored to be invited to participate on the Board of the International Visitors Council of Columbus to provide support and strategic input to an organization that helps globalize our community,” said Dr. Washington.  “Playing an active role in Franklin’s own globalization has provided me with new insight into the importance and depth of understanding that comes from learning about other cultures and by actively engaging with others from different regions of the world.” 

Dr. Washington serves as the Provost & Senior VP for Academic Affairs and oversees the strategic direction and leadership of the University’s academic programs and academic support areas, which include on-site and online learning in 27 undergraduate programs and five graduate programs, and the Center for Professional Training and Development, as well as a library, Student Learning Center, faculty support services, registrar, transfer and articulation, and academic technology and innovation. In addition, Dr. Washington has served in a leadership role in the implementation of the University's globalization of its MBA Program, resulting in the start of cohorts in Poland and Slovakia. Dr. Washington earned a B.A. and M.S. from Western Illinois University and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He has been with Franklin since 1999, previously as a faculty member, Program Chair of the MBA, Dean of the Graduate School, and Chief Academic Officer.

As active member of the Central Ohio community, Dr. Washington has also served on a number of other boards, including the Ohio Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation Council, Lifeline of Ohio, and as Chairman of the Board for the Columbus Urban League.  Dr. Washington has also been actively involved with The Higher Learning Commission as a Consultant/Evaluator and with Big Brothers/Big Sisters as a mentor.  He joins Franklin faculty member Phyllis Duryee, on the IVC Board of Trustees.

About IVC
IVC Columbus was established in 1965 as a nonprofit, international, educational exchange organization with a mission to “Strengthen demographic ideals, encourage economic development, and promote cultural understanding through the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

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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