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Dean of Students Appointed

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2011

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. William Molasso as Dean of Students.  His experience in curriculum development, leadership training, residential coordination, student advising, community relations, and various other student-affairs functions provides an excellent platform to continue the University’s commitment to supporting student success.

As the Dean of Students, Dr. Molasso will have responsibility for the strategic leadership of student engagement services and initiatives in support of student success.  These areas include undergraduate student advising, graduate student recruitment, enrollment and advising, disability services, career services, student engagement activities, and international student services.  Within this role, he will develop and implement strategies that increase student retention and engagement through the development of collaborative relationships with faculty, academic resources, enrollment management and institutional effectiveness areas.

“The success of our students is the result of a dedicated partnership between our students and our University,” said Dean Molasso.  “I am excited to help strengthen this partnership so that Franklin’s students have all the tools necessary to achieve their goals.  The success of our students is the greatest reflection of success an institution can achieve and one that I am committed to furthering.”

He comes to Franklin from the George Washington University (GWU), where he served as Advisor to the Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Professor of Higher Education.  Prior to GWU, Dr. Molasso taught at Northern Illinois University, Eastern Michigan University, and Michigan State University.

Dean Molasso earned a Ph.D. in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University; and a Masters as well as B.S. of Agriculture in Agricultural Education and Extension Education from the University of Florida.  He lives with his husband and twin toddler sons in Dublin.

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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