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Robert Michael Franklin Jr.

professor, ethics, Emory University

Robert Michael Franklin is an African-American educator, author, and the 10th president of Morehouse College, a renowned historically black college located in Atlanta, Georgia. Franklin officially took office on July 2, 2007, replacing retiring President Walter Massey. Previously, Franklin served as Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and the leader of Emory's university wide, multi million dollar initiative, "Confronting the Human Condition and the Human Experience," that focuses on themes of religion, race, and global health. He also is a senior fellow in the Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Religion at the Emory University School of Law. Franklin's major fields of study include social ethics, psychology, and African-American religion. Listed among the "Honor Roll of Great Black Preachers," he has served on the faculties of his alma maters, The University of Chicago and Harvard Divinity Schools, Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and the Candler School of Theology where he gained a national reputation as director of Black Church Studies. In his former role as program officer in Human Rights and Social Justice at the Ford Foundation, he served as an advisor to the president of the foundation on issues related to future funding for religion and public life initiatives.