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Bailey Award Recipients Announced

For Immediate Release: May 14, 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 140th Commencement in a ceremony held Sunday, May 13, 2012.  Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin also recognized Timothy Gagliardo and Larry Baker  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 graduate and undergraduate faculty members are nominated each trimester – clearly showing the magnitude of interaction between students and faculty at Franklin University – the 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.

Congratulations to this trimester’s recipients: Timothy Gagliardo and Larry Baker.

Tim Gagliardo has been an adjunct faculty member in Mathematics at Franklin University since 1995, where he has taught Re-Entry Math, Fundamental Algebra and College Algebra. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1987. He earned his Master Degree in Educational Administration from Ashland University in 1995. Tim has also spent over 10 years working in the industry which helps him convey real-world experience and model mathematics to practical business applications. Previously recognized as a STARR Award recipient, this is his first Bailey Award.

Student Nomination:

“ Mr. Gagliardo is an amazing person and instructor. He challenged me to do the best that I could and not to over think course material, but try to apply it to everyday life. He made it easy for me to engage in a subject that normally I wouldn’t do so well in by taking the time to help me understand the course material. He is the best math instructor I’ve ever had and I am truly appreciative of all his help during my time at Franklin University.”

Larry A. Baker has been an instructor in Franklin University’s MBA program since 2010, teaching Managerial Economics and Operations Management. He earned both his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and his M.S. in Industrial Management from Purdue University. He retired from Ashland, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, after 35 years of service. During that time, Larry served in a variety of roles including Vice President of Ashland’s Composite Polymers Division as well as Vice President of Global Operations, where he oversaw the manufacturing and supply chain activities for Ashland’s businesses around the world. Since retiring from Ashland, he has brought his talents to teaching at Franklin and is also focusing on his work as an independent consultant in strategic planning and operations management. Larry is passionate about promoting a learning environment and sharing his knowledge with students and business clients.

Student Nomination:

“While continually stressing the validity of coursework, Larry sought out career growth opportunities that span well beyond the boundaries of a classroom. Sometimes you meet a person who is able to touch you to the soul. Larry is one such educator and should be commended for his enthusiasm and commitment to his students. I am a better person for knowing him.”

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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