Biography - Dr. Robert Michael Franklin

Dr. Robert Michael Franklin

Dr. Robert Michael Franklin

The Reverend Dr. Robert M. Franklin is the tenth president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Previously, he served as the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and president of the Interdenominational Theological Center, both in Atlanta. He also served as a program officer in the Human Rights and Social Justice Program at the Ford Foundation (NY).

In 2005, he served as Theologian in Residence for The Chautauqua Institution (NY). He serves on numerous boards, including the Character Education Partnership (Washington, DC) and Public Broadcasting of Atlanta (WABE). He has provided commentaries for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and televised commentary for Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting.  Currently, Franklin is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; the Executive Committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Executive Committee); the HBCU Capital Financing Advisory Board; and the Naval War College Board of Advisors.

Franklin is the author of three books, 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 (1989).

A native of Chicago, Franklin was educated at Morgan Park High School, Morehouse College (BA, 1975), Harvard Divinity School (M.Div. 1978) and the University of Chicago Divinity School (Ph.D., 1985). In 1973, he received an English Speaking Union scholarship to attend the University of Durham in England. He is also the recipient of honorary degrees from Bethune Cookman University, Bates College, and Swarthmore College.

Franklin is married to Dr. Cheryl G. Franklin, a gynecologist, and is the proud father of three children.