Doctor of Commerce
Richard Franklin is perhaps best remembered by many Saint Mary's alumni as a former Captain of the Saint Mary's University football team and Chief of the Campus Police. His teachers will remember voting him Alpha Sigma Nu in the Jesuit Honors Society, before his graduation in 1969 with Bachelor of Commerce degree. Franklin went on to graduate studies in business and has had a career spanning a diverse range of challenges. He was a senior executive with the Seven-Up Company for ten years, he has held senior positions with Head Sport, Coors Brewing Company and Reebok International, and more recently has worked in the telecommunications and information technology field. He was a Senior Vice President for Telecommunications Inc., a major United States firm that runs cable and communications networks, and in February 1999 was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer for the Halifax-based Information Technology Institute (ITI). ITI has campuses across Canada and is now establishing schools across the United States, with an expansion plan of four schools per year.
Richard Franklin serves on numerous community and youth oriented voluntary agencies. He is married with one daughter.