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Francka named EXCEL director

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011

Shelly Francka has joined Huntington University’s EXCEL Adult Degree Programs as its new director. Francka replaces Dr. Rick Upchurch who took a position at another university out of state.

Francka comes to the university from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, where she was the director of the MBA program. She holds a master in business administration degree from Southwest Baptist University, a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and an associate in science degree in practical nursing. She is currently working on her doctorate in business administration.

“The passion and dedication of faculty and staff of Huntington University was instrumental in my decision to join HU,” Francka said. “It is so refreshing to see such dynamic individuals unite for a common goal, shared vision and student success.” As the new director, Francka hopes to continue to support growth in the current EXCEL programs, create a greater awareness for EXCEL in the local communities and develop new programs by identifying employer and community needs.

“I would love in the next two years for the enrollment to double,” she said. Huntington University’s EXCEL Program is offered onsite and online. EXCEL offers associate degree programs in Christian ministry and organizational management in addition to bachelor’s degree programs in business administration, human resource management, not-for-profit leadership, marketing, accounting and nursing (RN to BSN). Onsite classes are held one night per week, one subject at a time in Huntington and Columbia City. A 15-credit hour TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate is also offered in an accelerated format in Huntington.