Geralyn McClure Franklin (Ph.D., University of North Texas) is an innovative and experienced academic leader, serving as dean of business at three American institutions for 11 1/2 years and interim dean at another for two years, prior to retiring in the State of Texas in 2014. From August 2014 until June 2016, she led the College of Business and Economics at the United Arab Emirates University, concluding the appointment a year early to return to the United States to fulfill family obligations. Today, Dr. Franklin consults with business schools and universities in the United States and globally through her start-up venture GMF Academic Advisors, LLC along with her work as a search consultant at Higher Education Leadership Search.
Dr. Franklin has involved faculty, staff, students, alumni, and others to set new, and even transformational, directions for the business units she has headed. She has led efforts to secure external funding for scholarships, professorships, support of academic programming, faculty and staff development, building renovations, and general unit needs. Additionally, one of Dr. Franklin’s past schools was successful in achieving initial business accreditation from AACSB International, the premier accrediting body of business programs globally. Another college expedited the initial accreditation process while she was dean and later received initial accreditation, and two colleges achieved maintenance or continuous improvement accreditation under her leadership. Dr. Franklin also has experience with two US-based regional accrediting bodies, SACS and WASC.
As an academic, Dr. Franklin has published more than 80 journal articles and 50 conference proceedings on human resource management, employment law, and small and entrepreneurial issues. In addition, she has co-authored five textbooks, most recently Employment Regulation in the Workplace, 2nd Edition (M.E. Sharpe, 2014).
Professionally, Dr. Franklin has been involved in numerous organizations and served in leadership roles during her academic career. She is active in AACSB International, previously serving two elected terms on the board of directors, as a peer review team member, and as a mentor and currently serving as a mentor. From June 2012 through June 2017, Dr. Franklin was the senior vice president of finance and control for the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). As of July 1, 2017, she is the president-elect of ICSB and will become president in June 2018.
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