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Saturday, September 14, 2013

President of Des Moines University on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life as we kick off a new series, "Madame President". We will profile women in higher education who have shattered the glass ceiling at their institutions and lead by example. Their leadership is viewed not only vital to academia but crucial to how America embraces women as Presidents and CEOs of corporations nationwide.

Listen to this series inspiring group of college and university presidents who are taking their students out of the classroom and into surrounding neighborhoods for real world life lessons to serve others.With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these academia leaders are global change agents and embody "Be the change you want to see in the world".

On Saturday, September 14, 2014, Dr. Angela Franklin, President of Des Moines University, will share her journey from South Carolina to the presidency of one of the largest medical schools in the country. Tune in to hear her share about servant leadership, work-life balance, and being the first woman president at the helm of the 115 year old school. Tune in to hear from an educator and leader who will empower, inspire, and motivate you to live your BEST life.

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More About Dr. Angela Franklin

Angela L. Walker Franklin, a native of McCormick, South Carolina, is a 1981 Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of Furman University, a small liberal arts college in Greenville, South Carolina. A licensed clinical psychologist, she completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1985 at Emory University, followed by a yearlong clinical internship at Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Franklin recently concluded her fourth term on the board of trustees of Furman University.

Angela L. Walker Franklin, who became Des Moines University’s 15th president in the spring of 2011, has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. Previously, she was executive vice president and provost at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, where she oversaw academic and administrative departments. She served as acting president during the summer of 2009 and held a professorship in Meharry’s department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

Prior to her role at Meharry, Dr. Franklin held several positions at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, including, vice dean, associate vice president for academic and student affairs, associate dean for student affairs, director of counseling services and assistant professor of psychiatry.

A former American Council on Education Fellow (2001-02), Dr. Franklin is also a 2004 protégé of the Millennium Leadership Institute which is sponsored by the Association of State Colleges and Universities in preparing the next generation of leaders in higher education. She also participated in the 2008 Prospective President’s Workshop of the United Methodist Church affiliated Schools.
Since becoming the 15th President of Des Moines University in March 2011, Dr. Franklin has completed a new strategic plan, beginning with updating the university mission and vision statements. She has reorganized several administrative units and embraced change in restructuring the university clinic to become a better resource for the training programs as well as the surrounding community.

Dr. Franklin has become actively involved in the Des Moines Community, now serving on the boards of the Science Center of Iowa, Bankers Trust and The Greater Des Moines Partnership. In January 2013 she was named chair of the American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement in Des Moines. She has also provided insight into her vision for DMU by speaking to numerous civic organizations, alumni and others in Des Moines and around the country.

More About Des Moines University

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University comprises three colleges offering nine graduate degrees. A health sciences university since adding the colleges of health sciences and podiatric medicine and surgery in 1981, the programs share a collective strength — a collaborative campus community where students and faculty come together in the pursuit of knowledge.
Des Moines University offers degree programs in medicine and the health sciences. We share a singular mission to develop distinctive health professionals committed to health promotion, the discovery of knowledge and service to the community.

Facts about DMU

  • Total enrollment of over 1800 — DMU is the largest medical school in Iowa with approximately 841 students in the osteopathic college. It’s large enough to offer every educational amenity but small enough to focus on excellence.
  • DMU is the second oldest osteopathic school in the country.
  • DMU is one of the top 20 largest medical schools (for D.O.s or M.D.s) in the nation, out of 155 schools.
  • The very first medical class in 1898 included both sexes and today 54% of the student body are women.
  • 66% of students are recruited from other states.
  • Students received more than $3 million in scholarships in the ’11-’12 academic year.
  • We have 10,514 living alumni and 2,050 working in 94 Iowa counties.

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