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Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award Recipients Announced

For Immediate Release: January 7, 2013

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 142nd Commencement on Sunday, Jan.6.  Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin recognized Paul Sweeney and Dr. Ed DeJaegher from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award.

Congratulations to this trimester’s recipients: Paul Sweeney and Dr. Ed DeJaegher.

Paul Sweeney brings thirty years of human resource experience to Franklin University’s internet classroom.  He has taught the Strategic Human Resources Capstone on the web for six years.  Sweeney currently serves as Compensation and Benefits Manager at MetoKote Corporation, the leading global coating company with 25 plants in the United States, Central America, South America, and Europe.  As an internet–based instructor, he has adapted his teaching approach to build relationships with his students, bringing a global rewards and recognition experience to his teachings. He believes in serving his students above all and is passionate in their success. During his time at the University he has served in Franklin’s mentor program, helping several students find employment or gain acceptance to graduate school. Sweeney is a three time recipient of the Franklin STAR award and in 2011 received the Platinum STAR as outstanding Adjunct of the College of Business. Sweeney holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Ohio State University.

Student Nomination:  “Paul was a wonderful capstone instructor. He always made us feel involved and he cared about our success. I would recommend him to anyone.”

Dr. Ed DeJaegher has been an online professor in Franklin University’s MBA Program since 2010, teaching Managerial Economics.  He transitioned into teaching after a 30-year career in the H.V.A.C. industry, where he held various executive positions.  He also has taught graduate courses in international management, business, statistics, ethics, and managerial economics. He has also participated in volunteer work at the Junior Achievement of Central Ohio, teaching and inspiring young students about the business world.  Dr. DeJaegher earned his Doctorate in Management from Case Western Reserve University, an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts in Economics from Marquette University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from St. Ambrose University. 

Student Nomination:

“Professor DeJaegher’s course textbook was superb. The foundation of the content was life changing and the teaching support he gave to our class was first rate.”

About the 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 – demonstrating 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.

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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