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Fall 2010 Bailey Award Winners Announced

For Immediate Release: January 10, 2011

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults in central Ohio, celebrated its 136th Commencement in a ceremony held Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011.  Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin also recognized Donald Slobodien and Glenn Beebe from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award.

Don Slobodien began his teaching career at Franklin in 2002 in the Human Services Management Major, then began teaching in both the M.S. in Marketing & Communication Program and MBA Program the following year. In 2001, he resigned from his full-time position as executive director for a statewide health charity with a new career path in mind – creating a business to assist nonprofits and teaching at an institution of higher education. The business – Benbrook Associates – is still active today as a small business focused on the needs of not-for-profit agencies and small business. Slobodien has a Master of Arts degree in Botany from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Diploma in Information Technology from DeVry University. He lives in Columbus with his wife Amy and his two sons Ben and Brook – for whom Benbrook Associates is named.

From a student’s nomination:
“Don Slobodien provided me with needed feedback and continued to challenge me. He is a true teacher, not just a teacher in the classroom, but a teacher in life. His ability to challenge all his students and help them with their weaknesses showed his desire to teach. ”

Glenn Beebe has been an instructor in Franklin’s MIS Program since 2002, teaching both online and face-to-face classes. He has more than two decades of professional experience with a commitment to ensuring technology meets business requirements and improves business processes. He brings a unique combination of academic and professional experience to the classroom along with a sincere desire to challenge every student to discover the relevance and context of the course material to their professional and educational endeavors. Beebe earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and a Master of Science in Management from Purdue University.

From a student’s nomination:
“Professor Beebe engaged our class during the trimester by challenging us to think outside the box when connecting our book material with real-world situations.”

The Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award is determined each trimester by Franklin’s graduating class. Students select a faculty member who challenged them intellectually and guided them in finding the significance of course content as it related to them both professionally and personally. The graduate and undergraduate faculty members receiving the most nominations are identified for this honor. Robert L. Bailey, retired CEO and Chairman of State Auto Insurance Companies, is a past Chairman of Franklin’s Board of Trustees.

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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