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Franklin University Department Chair Appointed SPAE Chair

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2016

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, a leader in adult education, is proud to announce Dr. Alex Heckman, department chair, public administration, and chair of the public administration programs, has been elected Chair of the American Society of Public Administration Section on Public Administration Education (SPAE).

The SPAE, the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration, is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. Dr. Heckman’s election as SPAE Chair demonstrates his commitment to ensuring high quality education for, and professionalism of, government and nonprofit leaders and managers.

Today’s announcement adds to the extensive practitioner expertise Dr. Heckman brings his programs, having served a four-year term as a non-partisan elected school board member in the 10th-largest school district in Ohio, as well as having worked as a manager and performance auditor for the Ohio Auditor of State and as a non-partisan budget and policy analyst for the Ohio Legislature.  He currently serves as the President of the Central Ohio American Society of Public Administration (COASPA) and volunteers as a Guardian Ad Litem for CASA of Franklin County.

He received his Ph.D. in public policy and management and M.P.A. from The Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University; and he earned a B.A. in history and secondary education from Capital University.

About Franklin University’s Public Administration Programs
The Franklin MPA program provides a practical and relevant education to government and nonprofit professionals, helping them develop the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to advance in their careers and become better leaders and managers. The program is designed for professionals seeking careers in government and nonprofit organizations. Learn more about Franklin’s MPA program:

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Public Administration major is a multidisciplinary program that uniquely prepares students for administrative and management positions in government and nonprofit organizations. Students learn to apply professional concepts and values essential to effective public administration. Students also learn analytical, management, and leadership approaches for effectively navigating the American political system, managing and improving mission-driven organizations, and acting in the public and community interest. Learn more about Franklin University’s Public Administration major:

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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