Campus News Release
Franklin College Board of Trustees Takes Action at Recent Meeting
Release date: March 5, 2013The Franklin College Board of Trustees met Saturday, Feb. 9 and approved the following actions:
- adoption of a new strategic plan;
- election of two new board members;
- election of one new member to the honorary board; and
- awarding of tenure to psychology faculty member Kristin C. Flora.
The newly adopted strategic plan focuses on developing partnerships with employers and community organizations and specifies the college's mission and vision for the future, as well as the actions and resources needed to achieve them. The plan is designed for implementation through December 2015.
- Mission: Franklin College prepares graduates, through the liberal arts, to think independently, to lead responsibly, and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities, and the world.
- Vision: Franklin College will infuse its strong liberal arts curriculum with applied-learning experiences that motivate, deepen, and enrich student learning. The college will be known for preparing students of diverse backgrounds for challenging careers and meaningful lives in a dynamic, interconnected world.
Two new members have been elected to the board of trustees:
- John R. Talley is a graduate of Indiana University, where he received a bachelor's degree and a juris doctorate. He is the president of Proliance Holdings, a company jointly owned by Vectren and Citizens Energy Group. Prior to working at Proliance, Talley was vice president at Indiana Energy and served as an attorney with Barnes & Thornburg. He is a member of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Club, the Indiana Manufacturers Association and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. Talley is involved with the board of visitors at Indiana University's School of Law, the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation, the United Way of Central Indiana, the Indianapolis 500 Festival and the Indianapolis YMCA.
- Daniel P. Hann received his bachelor's degree from California State University at Fullerton, his master's degree from the University of Illinois, and his juris doctorate from the Indiana University School of Law. Hann is currently the senior vice president at Biomet, Inc., which specializes in orthopedic products. Hann was previously an attorney for Ice Miller Donadio & Ryan, a professor of economics at Franklin College and an associate editor for the Intermountain Economic Review. Hann is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indiana Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Indiana Association of Corporate Counsel. He was formerly a trustee for the Indiana Nature Conservancy.
One former trustee has been elected to the honorary board of trustees:
- Dr. Wil B. Nelp, class of 1951, was active on the Franklin College Board of Trustees from January 1999 to October 2012. As a student at Franklin College, Nelp was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Student Council, the football and golf teams, The Almanack yearbook staff, F-Men, Lancers, Blue Key and the Science Club. He went on to receive his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and served as a director of nuclear medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash., teaching medicine and radiology. He has been honored with the Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Society of Nuclear Medicine's Distinguished Scientist Award, the NASA Creative Development Award and Franklin College's Alumni Citation. The college also awarded him an honorary doctorate. He was listed as one of the Best Doctors in America in 1991. Nelp has served as a consultant to several medical projects and has written numerous professional articles on nuclear medicine.
The board has granted continuous tenure to faculty member Kristin C. Flora, an associate professor of psychology, effective with the 2013-14 school year.
- Kristin C. Flora received her bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University and her master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has taught psychology at Franklin College since 2007, becoming the department chair in 2009. Flora has experience as an ad hoc reviewer for Pearson Publishing and Worth Publishers. She also was a clinical outcomes analyst and a research coordinator for the Department of Neuroscience/Orthopedics ProHEALTH Care. Flora was named FC Academic Adviser of the Year in 2011, Pi Beta Phi Professor of the Semester in the fall of 2010 and Faculty Member of the Month in September 2008. She also is involved in Franklin College's Alpha Society.
For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Marketing and Communications at (317) 738-8185.
Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential four-year undergraduate liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis. The college prepares men and women for challenging careers and fulfilling lives through the liberal arts, offering its approximately 1,000 students 28 majors, 36 minors and eight pre-professional programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit www.franklincollege.edu.