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MC Welcomes New Faculty

June 11, 2009

Morton native Bobby J. Franklin will soon join the Mississippi College faculty after two decades serving the Louisiana Department of Education.

"I'm looking forward to it - getting back home," said Franklin, one of three new faculty members recently hired by the MC School of Education.

A Brandon resident, Franklin will join the MC Department of Teacher Education and Leadership this fall. He will work in the area of research for MC's new doctoral program in educational leadership.

Franklin received his doctorate from Louisiana State University in curriculum and instruction, a master's in education from Auburn and obtained a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Early in his career, he worked as a chemistry teacher at Warren Central High. Franklin recently wrapped up duties with the Louisiana Department of Education's Division of Strategic Analysis. The 1969 Morton High graduate has written numerous research publications.

Franklin and his wife, Nelda, have three children, including two attending college at Louisiana Tech, and a 15-year-old son who will enroll at Northwest Rankin High in August.

The MC School of Education hired two other professors with Mississippi connections.

Kenisha Gordon will join the Department of Psychology and Counseling this fall as an assistant professor in counseling education. She received a doctorate in counselor education and supervision at the University of Mississippi, master's from Southeastern Louisiana University and a bachelor's at Southeastern Louisiana. Gordon comes to MC from Alcorn State University where she was an assistant professor on the Lorman campus.

Terry resident Minadene Waldrop goes to work this fall as an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership. She will lead a new initiative at MC in secondary education. Most recently, Waldrop worked as a teacher at Gary Road Intermediate School in Byram and as teacher education quality coordinator with the Hinds County public schools in Raymond.

Waldrop received a doctorate in professional studies from Delta State University, a master's in home economics education from Mississippi College and a bachelor's degree from Mississippi University for Women.

The three educators were hired after the retirement of professor Margaret Carmean and professor Gloria Fisher left to join the private sector, said MC education dean Don Locke.

Photo: Dr. Bobby J. Franklin to join the MC Department of Teacher Education and Leadership this fall.

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