Franklin College Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Dana Cummings, received the inaugural 2022 Woman Leader of the Year Award from Aspire Johnson County on Sept. 30, 2022.
The award was presented during the Aspire Women Leaders Workshop, an event offering support to women of all ages and in all stages of their professional journey. A variety of panelists and speakers shared personal stories, life lessons, knowledge and advice throughout the event. The awards presentation rounded out the day.
Cummings’ nomination form included comments of high praise from her peers on the Franklin College President’s Cabinet, Institutional Advancement team members whom she oversees and others in her professional network. Cummings began her position with Franklin College in 2018. In addition to overseeing institutional advancement and alumni engagement activities, she has oversight for the College’s communications functions. She represents all these interests in her role on the President’s Cabinet, helping advise the president and others on the best course of action for a successful future for the college.
Cummings has nearly 20 years of experience as a development professional and a proven track record of success. Specifically, in the last 12 months at Franklin College she has been instrumental in leading and collaborating to accomplish many milestones, including:
“All of us at Franklin College are excited about this recognition of Dana’s leadership,” said Franklin College President Kerry N. Prather. “Dana enjoys the respect of her colleagues throughout the campus because of her abilities to mentor and empower her staff while collaborating successfully with both internal and external constituencies. Our recent fundraising success is reflective of that leadership and collaboration. Dana is also generous with her time in supporting other women on and off campus in pursuing their professional ambitions. The Aspire award is very well deserved.”
Cummings’ Franklin colleague Kristin Flora, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, also was nominated for the Woman Leader of the Year Award. Flora has been employed at the college since 2007 and served in a variety of roles, including professor of psychology prior to her appointment to vice president. Along with Cummings, she co-led the effort to secure a $50,000 planning grant and a nearly $500,000 implementation grant for the Indiana Youth Programs on Campus initiative from Lilly Endowment Inc.
For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.
POSTED Oct 3, 2022