The Reverend Robert M. Franklin, Jr., PhD, is the 10th president of Morehouse College, the nation’s only comprehensive, private liberal arts college for men located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Prior to joining Morehouse College, Dr. Franklin served as the presidential distinguished professor of social ethics at Candler School of Theology at Emory University and president of the Interdenominational Theological Center. He also served as program officer in the Human Rights and Social Justice Program at the Ford Foundation.
In 1997, Franklin assumed the presidency of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), the graduate theological seminary of the Atlanta University Center consortium. He served as the Chautauqua Institution's Theologian in Residence for the 2005 season.
Dr. Franklin earned a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a master’s in divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a doctorate in divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School. In 1973, Dr. Franklin received an English Speaking Union scholarship to attend the University of Durham England. Dr. Franklin is the author of three books and is currently co-editing a book about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Franklin serves on the board of directors for the Atlanta Educational Telecommunication Collaborative, Inc. (Public Broadcasting of Atlanta – WABE) and is a past member of the Character Education Partnership. He has provided commentaries for National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered" and Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting, Inc.