Jan. 9, 2009
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or
Chapel service to celebrate MLK Jr.
Baldwin City, Kan. — Bernard Franklin, Vice Chancellor of Advancement and Entrepreneurship and President of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, will be the keynote speaker at Baker University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, at Osborne Chapel on the Baldwin City campus.
A 1976 graduate of Kansas State University, Franklin was one of the first African-Americans to be elected student president on a predominantly white major campus in the United States. He later became the youngest person ever appointed to the Kansas State Board of Regents at age 24 and the youngest Chair of the Board at 28. He has served on an advisory commission to the Carter Administration with Martin Luther King III and other prominent young African-Americans.
In 1984, he began his career in higher education at the University of South Alabama as director of student activities and minority student affairs and followed with a similar position at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. From 1990 to 1996, he served as assistant dean of student life and director of leadership development programs at his alma mater, Kansas State University. He has also served as director of Kansas City Outreach and adjunct professor of leadership studies at K-State.
At the National Center for Fathering, Franklin served as Vice President and Urban Director from 1996 to 1999, where he directed education efforts to urban men. He traveled to West Africa to research the fathering heritage of African-American men for an unpublished book. Franklin recently published a chapter in the book, “The Faith Factor in Fatherhood: Renewing the Sacred Vocation of Fathering.” His chapter is titled “Fatherhood in the African-American Church.”
Franklin in 2001 served as assistant to the president at Donnelly College. From 2003 to 2005, Franklin was executive director of Kauffman Scholars, a unique $70 million, 20-year initiative funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to guide and support urban Kansas City seventh-graders to high school graduation, and then support them in college.
Franklin was the 1992 recipient of the American College Personnel Association’s Roberta Christie Essay Contest with a topic of “Teaching, Educating and Developing Men: The Missing Piece in Student Development Education in Colleges and Universities.”
Franklin has advised and worked with undergraduate men’s fraternities and other male organizations for more than 20 years. He coordinated the annual African-American Male Symposium at Kansas State University from 1991 to 1996.
In 1994, he participated in “Empowering the Next Generation: New Approaches to Leadership and Leadership Development.” The group of seven faculty and student affairs professionals was charged with coordinating a prototypic leadership development program for undergraduate students that could be adopted by other institutions.
In 1998, Franklin was honored as one of the 100 Most Influential African-Americans in Kansas City, and the Morehouse College Research Institute presented him the Vision Award for his “pioneering work in the area of educating men on the importance of fatherhood.” Franklin was appointed by the Mayor of Kansas City, Kan., to co-chair the Mayors Task Force on Race and the Latin American Community.
Franklin has a master’s degree in counseling and behavioral studies from the University of South Alabama and a doctorate in counseling and educational psychology with an emphasis in family studies from K-State.
Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.