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Bernard Franklin

Bernard Franklin

Vice President for Student Life

Student Life

McGowan Student Center

Bernard Franklin, Ph.D, provides leadership to the Mount's cohesive learning community that is focused on student success. He serves as the leader of the student life division, bringing to the president’s cabinet a strong commitment to student success, a deep background in student affairs and an energetic, collaborative and healing approach.

Franklin is considered a national thought leader in the emerging work of cultivating and sustaining a culture of calm and excellence in high-pressured youth learning environments. He possesses considerable experience in supporting students of color and first-generation students in successfully navigating college, a strength that will benefit the increasing number of students from underrepresented populations at the Mount.

Franklin comes to the Mount from Kansas State University where he was special assistant to the president and assistant vice president for student life. Demonstrating his energy and work ethic, Franklin also served as director of the Kansas State College Advising Corps, a program that focuses on assisting low-income, first-generation students in completing their college enrollment process and director of university programs for Shawnee Mission, Kansas School District.

In addition, he founded and serves as president of the Center for Imagineering Leadership, where he applies and integrates through a trauma-informed lens, resilience and the growing research of neuroscience to personal counseling, leadership development/coaching, organizational strategy, strategic planning and consulting.

Earlier in his career, Franklin served as president of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley and of Junior Achievement of Middle America. As assistant to the president at Donnelly College, he was responsible for the strategic planning of this urban Catholic two-year college.

Franklin holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science, a Master of Science in counseling and behavioral studies from the University of South Alabama, and a doctorate in counseling and higher education administration from Kansas State University.