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Franklin University Board of Trustees Elect Two New Trustee Members

For Immediate Release: October 21, 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 election of Pam Springer and Ted Ford as new Board members.  Both new members were recommended by the Board Nominating Committee during its October meeting. 

“We are excited to welcome Ted Ford and Pam Springer as our newest board members,” said Gary James, Chair of the Franklin University Board of Trustees.  “The careers and collective accomplishments of our Board members will help to further strengthen our leadership and prepare the University for future growth."

Ted Ford Background
Ted Ford is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in government, marketing, higher education, and public-private partnerships. Prior to becoming TechColumbus’s first CEO, he served as President and CEO of Edison Welding Institute, a nationally recognized independent engineering research and development organization. As Senior Vice President for University Advancement at Northern Arizona University in the late 1990’s, he led the development launch of the institution’s first capital campaign which raised $100 million. He has served as a business development professional, legislative advocate, legislative staffer, and executive assistant to the Governor of Ohio. He is also a regional affiliate director for BioOhio. He received his undergrad and his Master’s at The Ohio State University.

Pam Springer Background
Pamela Springer, CEO of Columbus-based Manta, has more than 20 years of experience building and growing technology-based companies. At Manta, Springer has transformed the business into one of the fastest-growing online communities in the world through a keen focus on driving value for small and midsize businesses. Springer's strategy has driven revenue, margins and profits, while fostering a culture that promotes innovation, execution and speed. Under her leadership the company has grown more than six times and is ranked 83rd by Henry Blodget, Top 100 Most Valuable Private Internet Companies, Silicon Alley Insider. enjoys a comScore ranking as a top ten business information site with more than ten million monthly visitors. Springer also won the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Technology Category for the South Central Ohio & Kentucky Region. In July 2011, Pam was one of the nine members appointed to the governing board of JobsOhio, the nonprofit entity Gov. John Kasich has created to help Ohio's struggling economy.

Prior to joining Manta, Springer held leadership positions with a number of companies including Interliant, Inc. (Softbank investment), Resource Partner, Inc. (KKR investment), Litton Enterprise Solutions, and Metatec, Inc.  She earned a BS in business administration from Franklin University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Franklin University is committed to building strategic relationships within the community. Currently 25 local business leaders make up the Franklin University 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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