Franklin College Board of Trustees Adds New Member
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Cathy DunnThe Franklin College Board of Trustees has welcomed a new member, Cathy Dunn of Columbus, Indiana. 

Cathy is the president of Dunn & Associates Benefit Administrators Inc., a family-owned business founded in Columbus in 1992. She is a graduate of Purdue University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in health/physical education and mathematics. She also holds a master’s degree in sports medicine from Indiana University.

Franklin College Board of Trustees Chair James V. Due said, “Each trustee brings unique experience, perspective and vision to the board, and we’re looking forward to the addition of Cathy’s contributions. She has a passion for the Franklin College mission and will bring a great deal of care and business leadership experience to her trustee role. We are grateful to have her on board.”

A love of Franklin College was sparked in Cathy by her father, Ken Dunn, a class of 1951 alumnus. He is a former student-athlete and has remained active at the college through past participation on Alumni Council and ongoing financial support of the institution. One of Cathy’s daughters, Lauren (Hawes) Timm, also is a Franklin College graduate, class of 2012. The trio share a mutual love of college sports and enjoy rooting for the Grizzlies.   

Cathy said, “Franklin College has provided several generations of my family the opportunity of an outstanding education. I welcome the opportunity to work with the board to ensure the continued success and sustainability of Franklin’s programs. In today’s challenging environment, Franklin’s creative and innovative partnerships with community and corporate entities will pave the way for future generations.”

Franklin College President Kerry Prather said, “Cathy’s experience as a business owner and the parent of a Franklin College alumna provide unique insights that will serve the institution well in this leadership role. The Dunn family’s ties to the college extend back multiple generations, and it is exciting to see that relationship continue to flourish.”

The Franklin College Board of Trustees includes a maximum of 40 elected voting members, each serving a three-year term. The board’s primary roles include authority and responsibility for establishing the character, purpose, and policies of the college, instituting and supporting fundraising efforts, establishing and reviewing educational programs, approving academic degrees 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 tenure appointments. All members serve on working committees in support of these areas, and there is a board chair who serves as primary liaison to the College president.

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POSTED May 3, 2021