LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA. (April 13, 2009) – Dr. Bernard W. Franklin, the executive vice-president of the NCAA membership services and Student-Athlete Affairs, will be the keynote speaker during the Lincoln University of Pennsylvania Annual Athletics Banquet on Sunday April 19, 2009. The banquet will begin at 5:00 p.m. and be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Student Union Building.
Dr. Franklin is responsible for working with NCAA president Myles Brand; senior vice-presidents and vice presidents; and the governance structure team for the national office.
“I am delighted and honored to have Dr. Franklin as our guest speaker for our athletic banquet,” Lincoln Director of Athletics Dianthia Ford-Kee said. “Dr. Franklin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in regards to collegiate athletics. As a former CIAA college President and having served as the President of the CIAA Board of Directors, which governs the conference of which Lincoln University plans to hold membership, I am sure he will share with our student-athletes and constituents the benefits of being a member of a conference, advancing to NCAA Division II membership and the future opportunities and exposure these affiliation brings to Lincoln. His career path prepared him to serve in the role of Executive Vice-President of NCAA Membership Services and Student-Athlete Affairs.”
Dr. Franklin has responsibility for assuring the development of policies and procedures that support the effective functioning of the governance groups and to work closely with the president to support the NCAA Executive Committee. Administrative areas reporting to him are governance; academic and membership affairs; educational affairs; and research.
A graduate of Simpson College (Iowa), Dr. Franklin has a Master’s Degree in Education from Western Maryland College (currently McDaniel College) and a Doctorate degree in Education from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.
He previously served as president of Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia; Livingstone College and Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina; and Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Franklin is a former member of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council and the Executive Committee.
Dr. Franklin and his wife, the former Shirley Lee, have three daughters: Jacori, Gabrielle and Allyson.
Lincoln will celebrate a memorable year in which several student-athletes earned unprecedented national recognition and the football team returned to action after 48 years.
Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is the first historically black institution of higher education and its graduates include such luminaries as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American justice of the United States Supreme Court, and acclaimed poet and author Langston Hughes. Lincoln University is nationally regarded for producing African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences.