DES MOINES, Iowa--The Drake University Athletic Department announces the addition of Megan Franklin as associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator. Franklin will begin her duties at Drake on July 2, 2012.
In her position Franklin will provide leadership to the internal operations of the department. Specifically, her role directly influences the culture of the department and the student-athlete experience. She will oversee the compliance and academic services departments, as well as the athletic training room, strength and conditioning room and the majority of sport programs.
"I am delighted to welcome Megan Franklin into the Bulldog family," said director of athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb. "She is an outstanding fit for our department both professionally and personally. Her passion and enthusiasm are contagious and I can't wait to partner with her on the future of Drake Athletics."
Franklin comes to Drake from Virginia Tech, where she is completing her doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies. She spent four years as director of student life for the Hokies' athletic department from 2003-07, which included implementation of the NCAA/CHAMPS Life Skills Program and the planning and implementation of career development programs and workshops for Virginia Tech athletes.
Prior to that role, Franklin spent two years as an assistant academic counselor at her alma mater, the University of Nebraska. She earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in 1998 and her master's degree in educational administration from the institution in 2001.
"I am excited to join Sandy Hatfield Clubb's team of athletic administrators, coaches and staff at Drake University," Franklin said. "I believe her vision for a culture of excellence and ethics is spot-on for the future of intercollegiate athletics in higher education. I look forward to shaping the culture that builds character for Drake student-athletes and my colleagues in athletics and the campus community."
Most recently, Franklin has served for two years as the assessment coordinator for the Virginia Tech Office of Assessment and Evaluation, following three years as assistant director of the school's Office of Recovery and Support.