By Special to the Daily World
After a five-year term as president of Morehouse College, Robert M. Franklin ’75, has decided to step down at the end of his term at the close of the 2012 academic year on June 30.
In recognition of Franklin’s service to the College, the Board of Trustees has voted to recognize him with the College’s highest and most prestigious rank: President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor.
“Dr. Franklin has served an integral role leading the renaissance of Morehouse, and his dedication is greatly appreciated,” said Robert Davidson, chairman of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees. “In addition to his years of service, Robert has led by example, dedicating a substantial portion of his time to community service, which is one of the core values that Morehouse seeks to instill in each and every one of its students. We will miss him as the Board endeavors to find a replacement that will help to usher the college into a new era.”
The Morehouse Board of Trustees has instituted a rigorous search to identify a successor, for Dr. Franklin is committed to a smooth and seamless transition. If a new president has not been selected by July 1, 2012, Dr. Franklin will continue in his current role until a new president has been selected by the Board, but no later than December 31, 2012.
“I look forward to a sabbatical during which I intend to travel, write, speak and interview leaders about the condition of boys and men in the U.S. and around the globe, research that I began years ago in my book, “Crisis in the Village,” said Franklin. “I am grateful to the board of trustees for the invitation to return as President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics, and the opportunity to continue supporting the mission of Morehouse in a different way.”
Following his departure as president, Franklin plans to spend his sabbatical as a Scholar in Residence at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Institute and plans to return to Morehouse in the role of Distinguished Professor.
During his five-year tenure as President of Morehouse, Franklin led the college through the quiet phase of a new capital campaign and changed the narrative about Morehouse and enhanced public perception of the college. He also established the concept of the “Five Wells,” an ideal to cultivate Men of Morehouse as “Renaissance men with social conscience and global perspective” who are well-read, well-spoken, well-traveled, well-dressed and well-balanced.
Under Franklin’s leadership, the college has renewed its commitment to academic vigor, being reaffirmed for accreditation in 2009 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Franklin also directed efforts, which increased alumni giving from 17% to 36%, three times the national average. His leadership has generated more than $60 million in federal grants and contracts and $33 million in support of the College’s comprehensive campaign, during its quiet phase, from corporations, foundations and individual donors.