Alumnus, Trustee Designates $1 Million Revocable Estate Gift to Further the Sciences
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Michael W. O’Dell, M.D

Michael W. O’Dell, M.D

Franklin College has been designated to receive a $1 million revocable estate gift from Michael W. O’Dell, M.D., a 1981 graduate of the college and a current member of its board of trustees.

O’Dell is a professor of clinical rehabilitation medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in New York.  He is nationally recognized for his clinical expertise, education and research in the area of neurological rehabilitation in persons with stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and neurological tumors, among others. 

He earned his medical degree in 1985 from Indiana University School of Medicine and prior to that his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Franklin College.

“The history of Franklin College is long and distinguished, and I am thrilled and honored to have been, at least, a small part of that proud tradition. It is greatly satisfying to have this opportunity to pay it forward for the future benefit of the liberal arts and sciences at my alma mater,” said O’Dell.

Franklin College President Kerry Prather said, “We are tremendously grateful for Dr. O’Dell’s generous future gift, which reflects genuine love and respect for his alma mater and honors the faculty and staff who work so diligently every day in support of our students and our distinctive liberal arts learning environment.”

O’Dell’s estate gift is designated to further the sciences at Franklin College.

Franklin College dedicated a new Science Center on its campus in May 2019, building upon a proud tradition in science education that traces back to 1852. In recent years, the college has focused on pursuing innovation in science education, including reinventing the curriculum in 2011 to align more closely with the workforce needs expressed by Indiana business leaders, launching two master degree programs, one in athletic training and the other in physician assistant studies, and establishing a Graduate Health Science Center with classrooms and faculty offices for both master programs.

“Planned gifts are a critical part of funding the Franklin College student experience,” said Dana Cummings, vice president for development and alumni engagement. “Especially during these uncertain times, we appreciate Dr. O’Dell’s thoughtful planning in support of his alma mater.  His generosity will help ensure future generations of Grizzlies have access to opportunities that will enrich their academic pursuits and best prepare them for successful careers in the sciences. His legacy will impact many lives.”

Contact the Franklin College Office of Communications for more information at (317) 738-8185.

POSTED Mar 31, 2020