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Franklin University President Joins Regional Business Leaders for Senator Brown’s Fifth Annual Ohio College and University Presidents Conference

For Immediate Release: March 29, 2012

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Washington, D.C. —

Franklin University President David Decker participated in U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)’s fifth annual college and university presidents conference in Washington, D.C. yesterday, March 28, joining more than 50 presidents from colleges and universities across Ohio.  Senator Brown’s forum – the first of its kind – is aimed at connecting educators with business leaders to advance regional economic development.

“Our fifth annual conference builds on our state’s legacy of linking education with economic prosperity, which in turn creates a stronger middle class. Ohio’s two-year and four-year, public and private institutions of higher education are producing the next generation of scientist and lawyers, mathematicians and teachers.  It is their work, and commitment to strengthening the entire pipeline from cradle to career that will ensure our economy – and the nation – continue to grow and succeed.  That’s why this annual conference is so important,” Brown said.

“This conference connects college and university presidents with education experts and state and federal officials who can help provide the resources to both open the door of opportunity to Ohioans seeking an education, and ensure they graduate with the skills needed to lead in the 21st century,” Brown added.

“It is the responsibility of all college and university leaders to work together to create a strategy to prepare Ohio’s workforce for the jobs of the 21st century,” said Dr. David Decker, president of Franklin University. “It is imperative at this stage in our nation and specifically state’s economic development, to ensure that our graduates have the skills to fill these jobs. I am pleased to work with my colleagues in higher education to advance Ohio’s economic development.”

Brown invited several special guests to address the forum, including Mark Zuckerman, Deputy Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy; Jamie Merisotis, President of the Lumina Foundation, Stan Heffner, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Ohio Department of Education, and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).

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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