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Winter Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award Recipients Announced

For Immediate Release: May 20, 2017

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 155th Commencement on Friday, May 19. Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin honored Wendy Neaville and Ted Jones from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award.

Congratulations to this trimester’s recipients: Wendy Neaville, undergraduate faculty in statistics, and Ted Jones, graduate faculty in marketing.

Wendy Neaville
Wendy Neaville has been a statistics instructor at Franklin University since 2006. She brings to the students a strong background of textbook knowledge and professional business experience.

Neaville previously taught statistics and algebra at Park College, while serving in the Air Force from 1995 to 2003. She also worked as a business analyst for Limited Brands, applying her engineering and statistical skills in a variety of business-related problems.

Neaville earned her bachelor’s degree in operations research from the U.S. Air Force Academy and her master’s degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University. She is a lifetime member of the Association of Graduates at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Student Nomination:

“Professor Neaville is an outstanding and dedicated educator. She took the time to answer each of our questions and worked through examples to ensure we understood the material. Because of her commitment to my progress, I kept up with the material and was successful. I am forever grateful for her teaching.”


Ted Jones
A four-time Bailey Award recipient, Ted Jones has taught marketing at Franklin University since 2004, in the MBA, Marketing & Communication, and Business Psychology programs.

Jones brings three decades of travel and tourism industry experience to the classroom and creates a space where his students succeed. Jones challenges his students to apply marketing principles to their professional and personal lives.

Jones is a Franklin alumnus, with an MBA, and bachelor’s degrees in marketing and business administration. He also earned a second master’s degree in post-secondary and adult education.

Student Nomination:
“Professor Jones is an exceptional teacher who provided me with a great foundation and understanding of marketing principles. His insights, patience and fairness had a profound impact on me and turned my self-doubt into success. Professor Jones inspired and motivated me and I’m grateful he was my instructor.”

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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