Associate Director, Field Operations
Office of Extension and Outreach
111 Mumford Hall
1301 W Gregory Dr
Urbana, IL 61801
Tony Franklin works as a member of the Associate Dean and Director's core administrative team to provide leadership and vision to University of Illinois Extension. He provides counsel, support, and day-to-day operational assistance to the Associate Dean and Director, Extension and Outreach. Other responsibilities include coordination with the Associate Director, Budget and Finance; ACES Human Resources, Program Leaders and Regional Directors.
He is a certified diversity facilitator; certified facilitator for the Franklin Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signatory Program, and qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).
Franklin received his master of science degree in physical education (concentration in sports administration) and bachelor of science degree in education from The University of New Mexico. He received an associate in science degree in social work technology from Glenville State College located in Glenville, West Virginia.
Franklin is an experienced professional with over 20 years in supervisory and personnel leadership capacities of which 15 of those years are in higher education. Prior to joining University of Illinois Extension in 2001, Franklin worked at Knox College for five years in the capacity of Associate Dean of Students where he served as an Academic Advisor, Intercultural Life Director, Chief Conduct Officer, Leadership Development Coordinator, and New Student Orientation Coordinator.
Included among his awards and recognitions are the Outstanding African American Staff/Faculty Award; Galesburg Human Relations Award; Distinguished Leader of the Year and Rotary Club's Outstanding Vocational Community Service Leader Award and 2013 Illinois Department of Health Excellence in Community Leadership award.
Professional affiliations include Extension Partners, Illinois Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, and NAACP.
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