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Franklin University Announces New Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives

For Immediate Release: January 23, 2014

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, a leading educator of working adults, is pleased to announce its hiring of Markel Snyder as Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives.  His addition to the team of academic and technology leaders assembled at Franklin will further advance the collaborative vision utilized among the University’s global and domestic partners.

Snyder, a former member of Franklin’s technology team, worked for nearly a decade helping to develop the University’s innovative learning management system, known as BlueQuill.  His extensive knowledge of the system creates the perfect complement to his emphasis on developing partnerships to help domestic universities seeking to extend their own programs in an online format.

As Executive Director, Snyder will collaborate with other universities by offering the innovation developed for BlueQuill to help manage education and training programs offered in-person, online, and hybrid courses, all delivered through a web-based portal.  As a result of these collaborations, partners utilizing BlueQuill will benefit from a learning management system developed using instructional design innovations in conjunction with the University’s Learning Solutions division and its International Institute for Innovative Instruction. 

Snyder will report to Dr. Godfrey Mendes, Senior Vice President for Global Programs & Strategic Initiatives. Under Dr. Mendes’ guidance, Snyder will employ the vision and commitment used to launch the University’s partnerships with Saudi Electronic University (SEU) and the ESI School of Management, to team with partners domestically.  As part of these collaborations, the University designed curriculum in hybrid delivery formats for the two institutions, sharing the best of its core competencies to create courses and programs that served the emerging needs of students in those markets.

Through academic partnerships that utilize Franklin’s BlueQuill, Franklin has positioned itself to offer assistance to others making the important steps to educate students online. Today’s announcement continues Franklin University’s mission to provide opportunities for the broadest possible community of learners to achieve their goals, through the utilization of innovative technologies while preserving the human level of service and excellence that has been our tradition since 1902.

About Markel Snyder
MarKel Snyder's professional experience and goals have been driven by his passion to innovate and create value using the power of the Internet and digital media. He joined the professional workforce in the mid-90's, just as the Internet was going mainstream, winning two competitive internships one with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the other with GE Aviation.

After leaving GE Aviation, Snyder continued his career as a web development consultant working for Sophisticated Systems, Inc. building 1st generation websites for the likes of Nationwide Financial Services, Bank One, and the State of Ohio. As a result of his success, Snyder was asked to lead the organization's eBusiness Practice, and eventually was promoted to the role of Chief Information Officer.

Shortly thereafter, Snyder joined CBC Companies to help re-engineer the technology that powered their flood zone determination business.  In 2004, Snyder joined Franklin University as their Director of Web Development where his primary responsibility was to drive the evolution of the University's learning management system.

Snyder holds an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration degree from Franklin University. He holds professional certifications in Project Management, ITIL, Six Sigma, and Agile. And is a graduate of EDUCAUSE's Learning Technology Leadership Institute.

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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