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Franklin University Announces Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award Recipients

For Immediate Release: May 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 137th Commencement in a ceremony held Sunday, May 9, 2011.  Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin also recognized Bob D’Andreaand Diana J. Frole from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award.

Bob D’Andrea has been with Franklin University for the past six years, primarily teaching the UNIX System Administration course, both online and face-to-face.  D’Andrea received his undergraduate degrees from Franklin University and Otterbein University and his Master of Computer Science from the University of Dayton.  His professional career spans four decades in the public and private sector, primarily in the telecommunications industry.  He brings professional experience and academic skills to the classroom, along with a passion for helping students achieve their goals.

From a student’s nomination:
“Professor D’Andrea is a very effective teacher.  He put a great deal of effort toward teaching the course and was determined to get his students to reach an understanding of the complex subject of UNIX administration.  I appreciated his responsiveness, the depth of the material provided, and the time he took with his students.  He was by far the most responsible, dedicated, and hard-working professor that I’ve ever had at Franklin and elsewhere.”

Diana J. Frole has been teaching both online and face-to-face Accounting courses at Franklin since 2001, and now also teaches courses in the MBA Program.  A graduate of Franklin (B.S. in Accounting and MBA), Diana excelled in a professional career that spanned more than 20 years in financial operations management and public accounting, with a strong commitment to improving quality control, profitability, and regulatory compliance.  Diana brings to the classroom her enthusiasm for learning and sincere commitment to her students’ success.  She was selected for the undergraduate Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award in 2005 and 2007, and in 2010 received a Silver Star Award for Excellence in Teaching.

From a student’s nomination:
“If I could design the perfect professor, it would be Diana Frole.  She was constantly available to us and would provide us guidance without giving us answers, instruction while keeping us interested, and encouragement when things got rough.  Without her diligence and true dedication to assuring that we didn’t learn just for the test, but gained an understanding of the subject matter, many of us would not be graduating this term.”

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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