A Mansfield-based educator will have the honor of serving as keynote speaker at Columbus’ Franklin University later this month.

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, will hold its 154th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, January 8, during which more than 650 degree candidates will receive their diplomas. This commencement ceremony will take place at The Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus.

Keynote speaker Dr. Dorey Diab was named the fifth president of North Central State College in 2013. Prior to joining NC State, President Diab was provost and chief academic officer at Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio. He draws on more than 20 years of higher education experience to lead NC State and their partnerships throughout the community. NC State is a public two-year community-based educational institution located in Mansfield, Ohio.

President Diab’s experience spans the technical and community college system and executive and leadership positions at the administrative and academic levels. In his role as president, he actively engages with students, business and industry leaders, community organizations and government entities at the federal, state and local levels.

President Diab understands the complexity and challenges that today’s students bring to community colleges for they mirror his own academic career. As an immigrant to the United States, he matriculated at Cuyahoga Community College and learned English while mastering his academic studies. As a result, he brings strong empathy and passion for students and their path to success with his positive attitude and unwavering commitment to the community college mission.

President Diab earned a bachelor and master’s degree in engineering from Cleveland State University, a master’s degree in business from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in Leadership in higher education from the University of Nebraska.

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