Southeastern University has announced that Dr. Aimee Franklin will be stepping in as the new dean for the College of Natural and Health Sciences. Franklin replaces Dr. Deborah “Debbie” Hazelbaker, who will be retiring at the end of the 2020-21 academic year.
Graduating in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine and biology, Franklin is an SEU alumna who returned to SEU in 2014 as a full-time faculty member. Franklin has been teaching as an associate professor of biology leading her students in numerous biomedical research projects.
Dr. Meghan Griffin, SEU’s incoming provost said, “As an SEU alumna, Dr. Aimee Franklin is an encouragement to us all. Her love for Jesus, her excellence in the classroom and her ability to impact students is evidence of her divine design as a scientist, educator and leader. The College of Natural and Health Sciences is an exceptional group of faculty committed to the university’s mission, so choosing their next dean was a process of discernment. I am confident the college will flourish under Dr. Franklin’s leadership.”
Franklin received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Alabama Birmingham, and during that time, completed research on Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), the most commonly inherited form of autism. Franklin received numerous institutional awards and funding as well as grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke for her research.