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Published 12/9/02
President of Dana International and Global Initiatives Named to Owens Community College Foundation Board of Directors

Gus Franklin Owens Community College has named Gus Franklin, President of Dana International and Global Initiatives, to serve on the Board of Directors for Owens State Community College Foundation Inc. The Collegeís Foundation Board of Directors approved the new appointment during the recent quarterly meeting.

"We are very honored that an individual with Mr. Franklinís extensive knowledge and experience in management and strategic planning is joining Owensí Foundation Board of Directors," said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement and the Foundationís President and Chief Executive Officer. "Mr. Franklin is an outstanding leader whose commitment to higher education will positively impact the Foundationís mission of providing enhanced educational opportunities available to Owens students."

Franklin is one of 17 leaders of Northwest Ohioís business, industry and government communities comprising the Foundationís Board of Directors.

The mission of the Foundation and its Board of Directors is cultivating gift initiatives, targeting successful alumni, business and industry members who are committed to investing and supporting the educational needs of current and future Owens students. The Foundationís focus allows Owens to continue offering affordable tuition, ensuring the Collegeís academic position as the best investment in Northwest Ohio.

In addition, responsibilities of the Foundation Board of Directors include representing Owens as ambassadors within the Northwest Ohio community. They also oversee the management of the Foundationís investments and decide how those assets are distributed.

Franklin has been President of Dana International and Global Initiatives since November 2000. In his current position, he is responsible providing support to the strategic business units involving Danaís four regions in North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. A member of the companyís Policy and World Operating committees, Franklin also oversees and is responsible for strategic planning and Dana University educational programs.

Founded in 1904, Dana Corporation is the global leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of value-added products and systems for aftermarket, automotive, commercial and off-highway vehicle manufacturers. In 2001, the company had sales of $10.3 billion. Headquartered in Toledo, the Fortune 500 company has approximately 70,000 employees worldwide and more than 300 technology, manufacturing and customer service facilities in 34 countries.

During his 27-year career, Franklin has held a variety of managerial positions at Dana. Following active duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, he joined Dana as a management trainee at Spicer Front Drive Systems in Edgerton, Wisconsin. After serving as a first-line supervisor and a project manager at Edgerton, he moved to the corporate office in 1977 as administrative assistant to the chairman. The following year, he served on special assignment in the office of Sen. Don Reigle in Washington, D.C.

In 1979, Franklin became resident manager of the Garrison Hydraulics operation and within two years was named division manager of the Spicer Heavy Axle Division. He became the general manager of the Spicer Heavy Axle Division in 1982 and the following year was promoted to vice president and general manager. In 1985, when the Mack Truck axle business was acquired, the Spicer Trailer Division was spun off. Two years later, the first modular systems plants were initiated for Mack.

A Certified Dana Supervisor, Franklin also has served as the vice president and general manager of Danaís Spicer Clutch Division and Private Brands and Product Planning Division, which included Dana World Trade. Before becoming President of Dana International and Global Initiatives, he was President of Dana Europe.

Franklin is a graduate of the Harvard Business Schoolís Advanced Management Program. He earned his masterís degree in business administration from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelorís degree in management science from Duke University. A member with the Society of Automotive Engineers, Franklin resides in Toledo with his wife, Linda.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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