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Mount gets new vice president for student life

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By Lillian Andemicael | June 25, 2018

Bernard Franklin

Bernard Franklin will serve as Mount St. Mary’s University’s vice president for student life beginning on Aug. 1, a press release announced Thursday.

Franklin said because most of his experience in higher education is centered on understanding a student’s particular needs to help smooth their transition from high school to college, he has a lot to offer Mount St. Mary’s.

“I’ll bring good knowledge [of] how to support them, how to help them in the academic classroom, how to encourage them to be resilient, to stay the course to make sure they get their vision accomplished,” Franklin said.

He has created mentoring programs for young men of color and has helped support them on weekends by providing a familiar environment where they have access to food, he said.

More than 40 percent of incoming freshmen for the 2018-19 year are projected to be students of color, the release said. This is a 6 percent increase from the fall of 2017, according to an email from university spokeswoman Donna Klinger.

Franklin, who currently serves as the assistant vice president for student life at Kansas State University, also works as the special assistant to KSU President Richard Myers.

Mount St. Mary’s President Timothy Trainor expressed excitement after announcing the new hire, according to the press release.

“Student success is the top priority in our strategic plan,” Trainor said. “And I am confident that he will help our students to become even more engaged in their educational experience as we maintain a safe, productive and highly effective learning environment for all students.”

Franklin has experience assisting low-income, first-generation students pursue higher education.

“I’ll work as close as I can, but I’ll also count on my staff to do some of this work as well,” Franklin said. “[I will encourage my staff] to have one-on-one relationships, encourage them to have mentoring relationships, to be available as much as possible, but I understand that I have a lot to learn, especially my first year.”

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