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Trustees Elected to Franklin College Board

The Franklin College Board of Trustees recently elected two new members to the board, John R. Dickerson, a 1975 graduate of the college, and Todd Bemis, a 1984 graduate of the college.


John Dickerson

Dickerson is the director of the Indianapolis Facilities Center for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where he has worked since 1987. In this role he oversees the efforts of 300 employees who are responsible for the security of all the U.S. borders and border facilities.

Dickerson holds a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Franklin College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis.

Dickerson previously was an Alumni Council representative to the board, serving since 2009, most recently on the academic affairs, audit and physical facilities committees. He was elected to the board at the October 2015 meeting.

Dickerson resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Doris, a 1974 alumna of the college. The couple has two daughters, Jennifer, and Karenna, a 2000 graduate of Franklin College.

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Todd Bemis

Bemis is the owner and president of the Johnson County-based Bemis Group, specializing in development, construction and design. The Bemis Group has contributed to several major projects at Franklin College, including the Richardson Chapel remodel, the construction of the press box at Behrens Field and the construction of the Grizzly Park pavilion.

Bemis holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Franklin College. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Touchdown Club, an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the Franklin College football program.

Bemis was selected to serve as an Alumni Council representative to the Board of Trustees. He has been a member of the Alumni Council since 2009 and was slated by his peers and approved by the trustees for his new role during the board’s October 2015 meeting.

Bemis resides in Bargersville with his wife, Kimberly, a 1984 alumna of the college. The couple has two sons, Beau, and Brooks, a 2013 alumnus of Franklin College.

The Franklin College Board of Trustees consists of 40 elected voting members, each serving a three-year term. The board’s powers include instituting and supporting fundraising efforts, establishing and reviewing educational programs and establishing the college’s annual budget. In addition, the board authorizes construction of new buildings and renovations on existing facilities, changes in tuition and fees, purchases of land, buildings and major equipment, and faculty appointments with tenure.

For more information, contact Franklin College’s Office of Marketing and Communications at (317) 738-8185.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential, liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus, spanning 207 acres, including athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland. Students enjoy the comfort and safety of suburban living, while also experiencing the many opportunities Indianapolis has to offer with a short 20-minute drive to downtown. The college prepares students to think independently, to lead responsibly and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities and the world.  The college offers its more than 1,000 students Bachelor of Arts degrees in 51 majors from 25 academic disciplines, 42 minors, 11 pre-professional programs and five cooperative 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.  Find Franklin College on Facebook and follow @FranklinCollege on Twitter.

(Posted Feb. 25, 2016)

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