Dr. Bernard Franklin named Junior Achievement President

Kansas City, Mo., November 26, 2012—Dr. Bernard Franklin has been named president of Junior Achievement of Middle America (JA), effective December 1st. Bernard has most recently been the special assistant to the vice president at Kansas State University and president of his consulting company, the Center for Imagineering Leadership. Prior to his time with Kansas State University, he was the president of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley in Kansas City. He has also served as the assistant to the president at Donnelly College, executive director of Kauffman Scholars at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and vice president and urban director at the National Center for Fathering.

"Bernard’s broad background in higher education and his experience with Kansas City’s urban core will be vital as Junior Achievement continues to grow in the metro area," said Jeanette Prenger, Chairman of the Board. "His passion and vision for the JA mission will ensure that we continue to empower our youth to own their future economic success."

A graduate of Kansas State University, Franklin has a Ph.D. in Counseling and Higher Education Administration, with an outside emphasis in Family Studies. Franklin serves on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Children; the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City; Mt. Carmel Redevelopment Corp ; and the board of Reaching Out From Within. He is chair of the Board of the Satchel Paige Foundation, and most recently he was a member of the Mayor’s Bi-State Innovation Task Force which was charged with recommending how the Google fiber technology might be most effectively rolled out in the KC urban communities.

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce honored him with their distinguished Leadership Award in 2009 for contributions to urban education. Also in 2009, The Kansas City Downtown Council awarded Franklin as an “Urban Hero” for his work in public education. Most recently, Franklin was awarded the 2011 MLK “Living Legacy Award” from MidAmerica Nazarene University.

“There are many skills that young people in our community need to transition to a successful and productive adult life. As we struggle with our national and global economy, chief among those skills is to empower young people to take full responsibility for their financial and career success. I am honored to serve our community in this capacity at this critical time”, shared Bernard Franklin.

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.

Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, 122 individual area operations reach more than four million students in the United States, with an additional six million students served by operations in 110 other countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.jamidamerica.org.

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