Robert M. Franklin, Jr. was named to the James T. and Berta R. Laney Chair in Moral Leadership at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. Since last fall he has been serving as senior adviser to the provost for community and diversity at Emory. Dr. Franklin was president of Morehouse College in Atlanta from 2007 to 2012.
Professor Franklin is the author of three books, Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities (2007), Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis (1997), and Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African American Thought (1989).
Dr. Franklin is a 1975 graduate of Morehouse College. He earned a master’s degree at Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate at the University of Chicago Divinity School.
Pat Obi was appointed the White Lodging Professor of Finance in Hospitality and Tourism at the Calumet campus of Purdue University. The endowed chair was established in 2010 by the Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation. Professor Obi joined the faculty at Purdue University in 1989 and has been serving as a professor of finance.
Professor Obi is a graduate of the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, Nigeria. He holds an MBA from Texas State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi.