Keri Ellington

“As a first-generation college graduate, I know that if it weren’t for the people who supported me, guided me and sometimes gave me ‘tough love’ through my own four years of college, I wouldn’t be who I am today. My goal is to be that person for our students. I believe in the transformative power of a college education and that every student can succeed. Through challenge and support, I’m committed to assisting our students on their own journey of self-growth and discovery.”

Title

Dean of Student Success and Retention

Educational Background

  • M.A., Indiana University – Bloomington, IN
  • B.A., Ball State University – Muncie, IN

Year Joined Franklin

2001

What exactly is Launch?

College is the only time in your life purely devoted to self-discovery. Over the next four years, you’re going to learn about your unique strengths, explore your greatest passions and grow in ways you never thought possible. At Franklin College, we know how life-changing these four years are – which is why we created Launch.

Launch is a yearlong program that propels your transition into college and empowers your social, personal and academic growth. While every first-year student will participate in each aspect of Launch, your Launch experience is completely tailored to YOU.

Elements of Launch include:

  • Your New Student Registration Day
  • Welcome Week
  • First-Year Seminar
  • Launch Lab
  • Your Launch Team
  • Immersive Term
  • Pivot

You’ll be intellectually invigorated because you will take courses focused on topics that intrigue you. You’ll be inspired by a personal panel of advisers focused specifically on your success. You’ll get to know your character and the talents that make you different from everyone else. And you’ll have access to every resource and person you could ever need along the way. So buckle up and prepare for takeoff as you get ready to meet your best self, overcome new and exciting challenges and launch your success at Franklin College.

How do you actually help students succeed?

We understand that going to college is an amazing opportunity but that it is not easy. The Center for Student Success on HamiltonONE is a one-stop shop for success! All you have to do is stop by, reach out to one of the staff who works here, or send an email to studentsuccess@franklincollege.edu. We work with students and families to create individualized action plans for success and make referrals to other helpful offices on campus. We want to hear from you well before a concern becomes a reason to leave Franklin College. Common reasons students reach out to us include:

  • Academic Struggles
  • Family Emergencies
  • Feeling unsure about decision to attend FC
  • Financial Issues
  • Medical Concerns
  • Not sure how to ‘fit in’ or get involved

Selected Professional Accomplishments

  • Franklin College Woman of Distinction, 2019
  • Franklin College Faculty/Staff Service Award, 2014
  • Franklin College Organization Advisor of the Year 2006
  • LA100 Instructor of the Year, 2005 and 2006

In My Spare Time…

In my spare time I enjoy traveling, SCUBA diving, water color painting and my golden retriever, Atticus. As an Alliance of Therapy Dogs certified pet therapy team, Attie makes several appearances on campus each year and students like to refer to him as the ‘unofficial mascot of the college’ – a title that he cherishes.