Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin recently joined the University of Texas in Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs as the Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor in Ethics and Political Values. Franklin served as mayor of Atlanta from 2002 to 2010. She was the first female to hold this position, and became first Black woman to be elected mayor of a major Southern city. In 2005, TIME Magazine named Franklin one of the five best big-city American mayors. She also was included in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Leaders of 2005” issue. Franklin was the recipient of a Profile in Courage Award in 2005, issued by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.
In July 2009, Franklin was appointed to an ad hoc Department of Homeland Security special task force. She has served as a member on the Board of Directors for both Delta Air Lines and Mueller Water Products.
Franklin received her B.A. in Sociology from Howard University and her M.A., also in Sociology, from the University of Pennsylvania.