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Summer 2016 Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award Recipients Announced

For Immediate Release: August 15, 2016

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 153rd Commencement on Sunday, Aug. 14. Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin recognized Denise Kestner and Joseph Cable from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award.

Congratulations to this trimester’s recipients: Denise Kestner, undergraduate faculty in human resources, and Joseph Cable, graduate faculty in corporate finance.

Denise Kestner has worked as a human resources practitioner for more than 25 years. Over the course of her career, she has served in both corporate and consultant roles to over 100 businesses among industries including healthcare, title, technology and waste management.

Kestner has taught at Franklin University at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the past 10 years. Her work covers a variety of courses related to human resources. Kestner feels called to teach and believes it’s the best way to impact business and further the understanding that people are an organization’s best competitive advantage.

Kestner earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Florida and a second master’s degree in human resources, labor relations and management from The Ohio State University.

Student Nomination:
“Professor Denise Kestner brings an infectious energy to the classroom and routinely places her students’ successes first. She demonstrates a passion for teaching by relating her vast work experience to our course material and shows her dedication through the endless encouragement she gives to students. I am inspired by Professor Kestner’s career accomplishments and believe her expertise and passion for teaching make her an asset to Franklin University.”

Joseph Cable
has been teaching in the MBA program at Franklin University since 2009. Before joining Franklin, Cable spent over 14 years in the financial services industry, where he held a variety of leadership roles. He is passionate about the success of his students and has received multiple STAR Awards for excellence in teaching at Franklin. Cable earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA from the University of Kentucky.

Student Nomination:
Professor Joseph Cable is an amazing instructor who generously shares his time and knowledge with every student. He clearly loves what he does and is committed to our understanding of the material as we progress through the course. Professor Cable’s use of real work experience deepened my learning and his support encouraged me to have more faith in my abilities.”

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 – 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.

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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