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Franklin University Alumnus Nominated for 2011 Peruvian Pride Award

For Immediate Release: September 15, 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, is pleased to announce Patricio Plazolles, a Franklin MBA alumnus, has been nominated for the “2011 Peruvian Pride” award.  The contest, which recognizes Peruvians who strengthen the image of Peru through their achievements in other countries, is sponsored by the Peruvian Department of Foreign Affairs and the Commission of the Congress of Foreign Affairs. 

Plazolles studied business administration at the Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria and went on to work as a budget analyst and cost control executive.  In 1986, Plazolles came to the United States and began his career in accounting and information services at Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) where he continues to work focusing on student development outside the classroom.  Continuing his education, Plazolles went on to earn an MBA in Business Administration, specializing in Leadership from Franklin University. 

His community involvement includes serving as a member of the Delaware County Job and Family Services Planning Committee, and as a member of the organizing and planning committee of the 2011 Ohio Latino Diversity Talent Leadership Conference.  Plazolles has served on the committee for strategic planning at the Delaware Area Career Center, and as Past Chair of the Board of the Global Village Collection, a Delaware store that provides opportunities for artisans from throughout the world.  He also has participated as a consultant to the City of Dublin, Ohio, to study the feasibility of a center for international business, which will become operational in a few months.

Plazolles has given his time on a global level by participating in a multidisciplinary study of NAFTA and its effects on immigration over a 10-year period.  He has traveled to Peru to study the free trade treaty with United States, interviewing representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce, the ministries of energy and mines, and economy and finance, conducting interviews with factory managers, workers, businessmen, and academics at various universities.

With the support of the Office of Chaplain, the Banco de Credito del Peru, Peru Aktion, Shougang Hierro-Peru, PROSOYA and other local organizations, as well as friends and community leaders, Plazolles has created a program of global leadership in Peru.

Plazolles’ leadership and dedication to providing opportunities for others is evidenced by his activities over the past two decades and makes him an obvious choice for the 2011 Peruvian Pride award.

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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