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Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award Recipients Announced

For Immediate Release: May 12, 2014

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 146th Commencement on Sunday, May 11.  Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin recognized Dr. Garry McDaniel and Larry Baker from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award.

Congratulations to this trimester’s recipients: Dr. Garry McDaniel, Undergraduate Faculty and Larry Baker, Graduate Adjunct.

Dr. Garry McDaniel has been a full-time faculty member at Franklin since 2006. He is currently responsible for the B.S. Human Resources Management major and teaches in the global MBA program. While at Franklin, Dr. McDaniel has also served as Associate Dean & Executive Director of the University’s continuing education program, which was recognized in a 2012 Columbus CEO magazine Reader’s Poll as the top continuing education program in central Ohio.

Student Nomination:
"Dr. McDaniel is truly very dedicated and always motivated us to reach further. He had a way to pull the creativity out of you and make you strive for more. He is one of the best teachers I have encountered especially in my online classes. He always did a superb job.”

Larry Baker has been an instructor in Franklin’s MBA program since 2010, teaching Managerial Economics and Operations Management. He earned his B.S. in chemical engineering and his M.S. in industrial management, both from Purdue University. Baker retired from Ashland, Inc., after 35 years of service. During that time, he served in a variety of roles including Vice President of Composite Polymers Division, as well as Vice President of Global Operations, overseeing the manufacturing and supply chain activities for Ashland’s businesses around the world.

Student Nomination:
“Professor Larry Baker wants his students to learn the course subject matter. He was always willing to provide guidance and took the extra time to give each student constructive feedback. He took his teaching seriously and was very committed to turning around assignments promptly. He also brought his life experiences to the course, which truly enriched the learning.”

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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