Dr. Robert M. Franklin 

Robert M. Franklin, Ph.D., is President Emeritus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he presided over the only school in America committed to the development of African American men from 2007-2012.  He currently serves as Senior Advisor to the President of Emory University and holds the James T. and Berta R. Laney Chair in Moral Leadership.


Before joining Emory, Franklin was Director of the Interfaith Religion Department at Chautauqua Institution in New York and a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Jr., Institute. An ordained minister, Franklin served as President of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta from 1997 to 2002.

A celebrated author, Franklin has published four books including his most recent Moral Leadership: Integrity, Courage, Imagination (2020); Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities (2007); Another Day's Journey: Black Churches Confronting The American Crisis (1997); and Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African-American Thought (1990).

Franklin is a sought-after speaker, lecturer, and columnist who has provided engaging commentary for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” CNN, WABE Radio, Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, to name a few.

Active in civic organizations, Franklin is a past board member of the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund in Jacksonville, FL, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Falcons Community Advisory Board, Public Broadcasting of Atlanta, and “Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action” in New York. He currently serves on the board of the Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey and the HomeFirst Community Oversight Board in Atlanta. 

Franklin earned a B.A. degree from Morehouse College and was an English-Speaking Union Scholar at Durham University in the United Kingdom.  He received a Master’s in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and a Doctorate in Divinity from the University of Chicago.  He holds honorary degrees from Bethune Cookman University, Ursinus College, Bates College, Hampden-Sydney College, Centre College, University of New England, and Swarthmore College. 

Franklin and his wife, Dr. Cheryl Goffney Franklin, a gynecologist at Morehouse Healthcare, are the proud parents of three children.

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