NCAA executive returns to the Hill for SmartTALK
The event is free and open to the public.
Leading the charge to diversify and create inclusive environments that strengthen intercollegiate athletics, McDaniel alumnus Bernard Franklin is the current executive vice president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) membership and student-athlete affairs and the chief inclusion officer.
During the early January educational sessions at the NCAA convention, Franklin outlined plans to increase integration of several key populations into intercollegiate athletics, specifically recruiting women and minority women as Division I athletics directors. The former Virginia Union president also announced initiatives, including online and in-person educational sessions, dealing with issues of race and ethnicity, disabled and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student-athletes. The NCAA also plans to make best practices in these areas from other universities accessible online.
Franklin oversees the administrative areas of governance, academic and membership affairs, student-athlete affairs and leadership development programs, research and inclusion. He also has served as president of Livingstone College and Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, N.C., and Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C.
Heavily involved in community service, Franklin is affiliated with such organizations as the American Council on Education, Black Coaches Administrators Board of Directors, Indianapolis United Negro College Fund Advisory Council, and National Consortium for Academics and Sports. He earned his B.A. from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and his Doctorate of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, N.Y.