INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is excited to welcome to its Editorial Board Bernard Franklin, PhD, executive vice president of education and community engagement and chief inclusion officer for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
At the NCAA, Franklin plays a critical role in ensuring the equitable participation of all student-athletes at the organization’s nearly 1,300 member institutions. He also oversees diversity and inclusion initiatives for both NCAA membership and national office staff.
In addition, Franklin works with the NCAA president, executive vice presidents, and members of the President’s Cabinet to ensure the development of programs, policies, and services that address the education and community engagement aspects of intercollegiate athletics.
“We are honored to welcome Dr. Franklin to the INSIGHT Into Diversity Editorial Board,” says Lenore Pearlstein, co-publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “His experience in college athletics, along with his deep commitment to the work of diversity and inclusion, provide him a special understanding of the issues faced by diverse student athletes.”
Prior to joining the NCAA in 2003, Franklin served as president of Virginia Union University, Livingstone College, Hood Theological Seminary, and Saint Augustine’s College (now Saint Augustine’s University). His involvement with the NCAA at that time included serving as a member of the NCAA Division II President’s Council and the NCAA Executive Committee.
Outside of his work, Franklin stays active in the Indianapolis community; he is a board member for Visit Indy, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, and Indianapolis Urban League.
Franklin earned a bachelor’s degree from Simpson College, a master’s degree in education from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), and a PhD in education from Teachers College at Columbia University, where he specialized in higher education administration with an emphasis on student personnel administration.