Franklin University

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Franklin University
Seal of Franklin University
Motto Finish. Advance. Succeed.
Established 1902[1]
Type Private, nonprofit[2]
Endowment $60 million
Chairman Gary L. Flynn[3]
President David R. Decker, Ph.D.[4]
Provost Christopher L. Washington, Ph.D.[5]
Dean Keith Groff, Ph.D., Thomas Seiler, Ph.D., and Robert Curtis, Ph.D.[5]
Students 7,942[6]
Undergraduates 7,055[6]
Postgraduates 887
Location Columbus, Ohio, USA United States
39°57′29″N 82°59′28″W / 39.95806°N 82.99111°W / 39.95806; -82.99111Coordinates: 39°57′29″N 82°59′28″W / 39.95806°N 82.99111°W / 39.95806; -82.99111
Campus Urban[1]
Former names YMCA School of Commerce
Franklin University Logo

Franklin University was founded in 1902, and is the third-largest private university in Ohio. Classes are taught at five Midwest locations in Ohio and Indiana, as well as online. The university was founded to serve the needs of adult students, and has since grown to become Central Ohio's foremost educator of working adults.

Franklin was chosen by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the first 15 colleges to participate in a pilot program allowing unlimited distance education, and the United States Army chose Franklin University as one of the original 29 institutions it selected to participate in the delivery of distance education to soldiers.[7]


Franklin's Main Campus in Columbus, Ohio
Franklin University Clock Tower in front of Fisher Hall
The Huntington Courtyard on Franklin's Main Campus
Richard M. Ross Auditorium
Alumni Hall, West Entrance
Fisher Hall, West Entrance
President's Office (left) and Student Services Building (right)
Commons, Facing President's Office (left) and Student Services Building (ahead)

Franklin University has a history of serving adult students that spans more than a hundred years. It was founded in 1902 at the Columbus YMCA, under its sponsorship as the YMCA School of Commerce.[8] It would change its name to Franklin University in 1933, and would amicably discontinue its formal affiliation with the YMCA in 1964.

Five years later, in 1969, the institution would open its first building, Frasch Hall. In 1976, Franklin University earned regional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In 1993, Franklin offered its first graduate program, the Master of Business Administration (MBA). In 1998, Franklin University created the Community College Alliance (CCA), a program designed to ease the way for community college students to transfer the maximum number of community college credits toward completing a bachelor's degree at Franklin.

In 2007, Franklin University identified and articulated the "Four Cornerstones" of its educational philosophy, which are:

  • Ensuring academic quality
  • Providing access to educational opportunities
  • Adapting to the needs of students
  • Responding to changes in society, professions, and the business community

In 2009, the university opened its first location outside of Ohio, in Indianapolis, and began offering its MBA at the Wroclaw School of Banking (WSB) in Wroclaw, Poland. Since signing this agreement with WSB, Franklin has entered into educational agreements with educational institutions in eight other countries.

Today, Franklin University offers a broad range of undergraduate majors and graduate programs. Its enrollment includes more than 300 international students from more than 72 countries. More than 265 community colleges across the U.S. have partnered with Franklin University to ease the way for community college students to transfer the maximum number of community college credits toward completing a bachelor's degree at Franklin. Franklin's Community College Alliance Program.[9]

In August 2011, Franklin announced its newest college, the College of Health and Public Administration or COHPA. Franklin now has three colleges, Arts, Sciences, and Technology; Business, and COHPA. The College of Health and Public Administration is the fastest growing college at Franklin and reflects the university's commitment to meeting the needs of professionals that serve our communities in the healthcare, government, and nonprofit sectors.

During the 2011-2012 school year it launched new Criminal Justice Administration and RN to BSN undergraduate programs.

In Fall 2012, COHPA will launch a new undergraduate major in Public Administration, further expanding its ability to meet the needs of professionals in government and nonprofit organizations.

In 2014, the university purchased Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio.[10]

Campus locations[edit]

United States[edit]

The main campus of Franklin University is located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The university also operates locations in the cities of Beavercreek, Dublin, Delaware, Westerville, and in Indianapolis, Indiana at Castleton.

International branches[edit]

In addition to its American campuses, Franklin University offers programs at two international locations through agreements with affiliated universities. These are the Wroclaw School of Banking in Wroclaw, Poland and St. Clement of Ohrid University of Bitola in Bitola, Macedonia.[6]


Franklin University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.[6] It is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[11] and is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents. Additionally, its business programs, including undergraduate and MBA programs, are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).[11][12]


Franklin University offers degrees at the associate, bachelor, and master's levels, including joint BS/MS programs. Many of these programs can be completed entirely online.

Coaching Program[edit]

Franklin University has a unique "Coaching Program"[13] that allows undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to be mentored toward reaching academic, professional, and personal goals under the guidance of successful professionals whom the university has appointed as coaches. Coaches are not university staff, but are professionals working in industry. Each coach has a one-to-one relationship to a Franklin University student, and dedicates time each month to provide mentoring and guidance to that student.


For the past several years, Franklin University has been named one of America's Top Military Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education magazine.[14][15]

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Rich Capuano '05, CEO at The Credit Union of Ohio
  • Kenyatta Chandler '03, Director of Product Development at V+Analytics
  • Elfi Di Bella '95, Senior Vice President at Huntington Bank and President of The Huntington Foundation
  • Raymond Dury '90, CIO and Executive Vice President at Fifth Third Bank, Solomon Smith Barney's 2002 CIO of the Year, CIO Forum Financial Services "Top Financial IT Executive" in 2004
  • John Ely '02, VP Marketing at Signature Worldwide
  • J. Wesley Farno '03, VP Operations, The Advocacy Group, Inc
  • Laurie Hermance-Moore '02, Market Research Director at GSW Worldwide
  • Robert S. Hoppe '79, Executive VP at Hilb Rogal & Hobbs
  • Patrick J. Hurley '69, CEO of Hurley & Associates, LLC
  • Bill Largent '76, CEO and President of Applied Innovation Inc.
  • Daclaud Lee '09, Lotus Leaf Asian Cuisine
  • Rob Lindeman '04, Co-owner and CEO of Pies & Pints, former CEO at Max and Erma's Restaurants
  • Jim McCombs '91, CEO of DotX Technologies
  • Fred O'Dell '69, CEO of Horizon National Bank
  • Robert O'Leary '04, Executive Director, eSchoolView; a Columbus, Ohio-based company that builds websites for school districts and educational organizations
  • Inggrie Merriman '99, Founder of TehKu Tea Company
  • Donald Miller '00, '02, Director of Network Continuous Service Improvement at JP Morgan Chase
  • Samantha Nolan '02, Author, consultant, and nationally syndicated business columnist
  • Charles L. Parker '83, CIO at AAA Ohio Auto Club
  • Mike Pons '97, VP and General Manager of The Weather Channel Radio Network
  • Matthew J. Ramey '04, CIO at Sheridan College
  • Richard A. Ray '83, Senior Vice President at Hamilton Capital Management
  • Donald L. Robinson '99, CEO and Founder of eSkills, LLC
  • Daniel D. Shively '96, VP Client Services at Joseph James and Associates Inc.
  • Rocky J. Smith '77, President of Management Solutions, Inc.
  • Chuck Thompson '81, VP National Accounts at York International Corporation
  • Nicholas R. Turkas '04, Director of Programs and Services at The Arthritis Foundation
  • Del Varney '83, VP Operations at Dispatch Printing Company
  • Ryan P. Yeater '03, VP Business Banking at KeyBank
  • Ron Younkin, CEO of Greenlawn


Science and technology[edit]

  • Ivo Ivanovsku '04, Minister at the Information Society of Macedonia
  • Xiuhong Li '99, Senior Statistical Programmer/Analyst at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health


  • Richard S. Guthrie '70, Order of Military Medical Merit inductee
  • Michael Kolinick '50, French Legion of Honor, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart recipient
  • Scott Martin '05, first NCO to be appointed as a Military Fellow on Capitol Hill
  • Leslie Attwooll, business author
  • Douglas Foster '99, author
  • Chucko Greathouse '95, children's author
  • Linda M. Hancock '86, radio host and Founder of Poetry & Praise Productions
  • Dennis A. Kelley '95, business author
  • Fran Ryan '07, business author
  • John Westling '02, author


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