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Fall 2011 Bailey Award Winners Announced

For Immediate Release: January 9, 2012

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 139th Commencement in a ceremony held Sunday, January 8, 2012.  Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin also recognized Jon Signoracci and Ted Jones from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award.

Each trimester, two faculty members are honored with the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award. Graduating students are asked to identify one undergraduate and one graduate faculty member who had the most significant influence on them throughout their educational experience at Franklin University. The award recognizes those who have challenged students intellectually and guided them in finding the significance of the course content as it relates to them both personally and professionally.

While more than 100 faculty members are nominated by the graduates each trimester – clearly showing the magnitude of student/faculty interaction at Franklin University – the graduate and undergraduate faculty members receiving the most nominations are awarded this honor. These awards are funded through an endowment established by State Auto Insurance Companies in recognition of Robert L. Bailey, who served State Auto for 28 years in various positions, including President, CEO, and Chairman, until his retirement in 2000. Bailey is also a past Chair and a Trustee Emeritus of Franklin University’s Board of Trustees.

The undergraduate recipient is Jon Signoracci. Jon brings in a wealth of knowledge and background from his experience working in public accounting and private industry to the accounting capstone course as well as the Master of Science in Accounting. As a former partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers as well as a variety of financial executive positions, Mr. Signoracci still believes himself a student. The thrill of discovery in learning is at the core of his passion.

From a student’s nomination:

“As a graduating Accounting major, I needed a transitional process of thinking from the theoretical aspect of the book knowledge to the real life experience as an accountant. It is for this reason that I appreciate Jon’s effort in putting what I have learned into a perspective of a real job. He challenged me (and my class) to THINK beyond my comfort zone and to come up with tangible solutions to real problems. Jon is an asset to Franklin University’s Accounting Capstone course.”

The graduate recipient is now three-time honoree, Ted Jones. With more than 28 years of professional service in the hospitality/travel and tourism industries, Ted has brought his years of experience into the Master of Marketing & Communication classrooms for the past eight years. He is also a Franklin alumnus, holding Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and Business Administration, as well as an MBA. He also holds a Master of Science in Education. In the classroom, he prepares students for the challenges of what is possible, and to have fun while enjoying the journey.

From a student’s nomination:

“Professor Ted Jones is amazing! He not only made the material relevant to the “real world”, he was excited at every FranklinLive! session and conversation. His communication and response time was outstanding, far exceeding the standard and personal expectations. He was always passionate and excited about teaching and the material he presented. Honestly, I have never had a Professor/Instructor that was this excited about teaching. He greatly exceeded my expectations and Franklin is very lucky to have such a wonderful instructor.”


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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