November 20, 2009
Metropolitan State University of Denver
NCAA executive to address fall grads
Bernard Franklin holds a doctorate in education from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.
Metropolitan State College of Denver has announced Bernard Franklin, Ph.D. as the speaker for fall 2009 commencement to be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13 at the Colorado Convention Center.
President of four colleges before joining the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 2003, Franklin now serves as its executive vice president. A voluntary association of more than 1,000 member institutions, the NCAA has a national staff of nearly 400. Franklin oversees the largest administrative area of the NCAA, which includes membership and academic affairs, governance, educational affairs, research, and diversity and inclusion. He also assures the effective functioning of the NCAA governance groups.
Franklin previously served as president of Virginia Union University in Richmond; Livingstone College and Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, N.C.; and Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C. He is a former member of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council and the Executive Committee. Franklin was inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame in June 2009.
Franklin’s experience in higher education is broad and varied. In 1988, he was selected as one of 28 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows. Through this prestigious national fellowship, he held an executive internship focused on institutional advancement, academic administration and planning, fiscal management and president/board of trustees’ relations. His experience in higher education also includes serving as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership, School of Education at Miami University of Ohio, and serving as assistant vice president for student affairs at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.
Heavily involved in community service, Franklin has served as a member of the board of The College Fund/United Negro College Fund; Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association; Virginia Literacy Foundation; and Simpson College, Board of Trustees.
Currently, Franklin is a member of the United Negro College Fund Advisory Board for Indiana and chair of its Corporate Giving Committee; member of the Center for Leadership Development Board; chair of the Board of Trustees for Martin University; and member of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports Board
Franklin also served on the Executive Committee of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Committee of Richmond Renaissance Incorporated. He has served on the corporate boards of Delhaize America and Centura Bank, and as a member of the board of trustees at the World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond.
A graduate of Simpson College (Iowa), Franklin holds a master’s degree in education from Western Maryland College (currently McDaniel College) and a doctorate in education from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.