Dr. Christopher Washington serves as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs for Franklin University, a private, nonprofit institution of higher education enabling the broadest possible community of learners to achieve their goals and enrich the world. Under his leadership, the University nearly doubled undergraduate majors from 18 to 34, tripled the number of graduate programs, and expanded program offerings around the world to meet the needs of current and future students. Working with his cabinet and colleagues Dr. Washington promotes student success through a variety of instructional approaches, academic resources, and learning support services — all designed around the needs of the busy, working adults.
Dr. Washington began his career at Franklin University in 1999 as a full-time faculty member in the MBA program and has assumed a number of roles including Chair of the MBA Program and Dean of the former Ross School of Management and Leadership.
Active in the higher education community, Dr. Washington serves as a Consultant Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission and on committees for the Ohio Board of Regents. He was selected as a recipient for Business First’s 40 Under 40, Ohio Magazine’s Outstanding Educator Award and the Robert L. Bailey Outstanding Teaching Award from Franklin University. In 2013 he received the Outstanding Black Alumni Award from Western Illinois University’s Black Alumni Committee and was recipient of the 2013 Pi Lambda Theta Leadership in Education Award.
Dr. Washington is actively engaged in the international education community. He facilitates relationships with partnering universities in Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Oman, Nepal, Guatemala and El Salvador. He currently serves on the Board of the International Visitors Council, an organization that works to build partnerships between American citizens and citizens of other countries, promote democratic ideals, encourage economic development and promote cultural understanding through the exchange of knowledge and ideas. He is the Vice Chair of the Education Committee of the Columbus Council on World Affairs, and is a member of the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Educators. He serves on the Research Council of the Poznan School of Banking Research Journal and the journal Studies in Management and Finance.
As an advocate for Workforce Development, Dr. Washington presently serves on the Board of the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC), an organization whose mission is to meet the employment needs of business and job seekers to support economic development in Ohio. He has previously served as Chair of the Board of the Columbus Urban League and a former Board member of the Godman Guild and Lifeline of Ohio.
A Chicago native, Dr. Washington holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree from Western Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from The Ohio State University. He presently serves as a Trustee at First Congregational Church in Columbus, Ohio and is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He and his wife, Shannon, have five children.