Meet Dan Franklin

Dan Franklin
Admissions Volunteer
St. Olaf College (MN)

You recently retired. What is a favorite memory you have from college admission?
My favorite memories from my 20 years of high school counseling and eight years in college admission would be the relationships with colleagues, students, and families I was privileged to work for and with during my career.  

What drew you to the world of admission initially?
When I retired from public education in Colorado, we chose to move to Minnesota to be near an aging but fully active mother-in-law. St. Olaf knew about my background and experiences, so they contacted me about helping in admission. I agreed to do this for two, maybe three years. Eight years later I have finally retired but I have signed up to volunteer at the college if needed.  

How did NACAC play a role in your career? Why do you plan to stay involved with St Olaf and NACAC even after retirement?
I was a high school college counselor who got involved in the Colorado Council for High School/College Relations where I learned about Rocky Mountain ACAC conferences. This led to leadership opportunities that sent me to NACAC’s Leadership Development Institute and legislative conferences.

My NACAC LDI class formed the Mavericks. This gave me contacts who were helpful with insights, information, and support I often used in my college counseling. NACAC inspires us to collaborate and it offers an opportunity to assist others through the Imagine Fund which we should all support.  

I will stay involved for a couple of reasons. I can't help myself - my friends say I'm Dan being Dan. It is part of my nature to be helpful. That leads to my desire to be current in the world of admission and counseling as I am frequently asked to help with the college information and the admission process.  

Now that you are retired, what is one thing you are hoping to have more time for?
One thing?  More time to volunteer with worthy causes, more time with grandkids. I also hope to travel, read more, and actually try to improve my golf game.  

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why? 
Though not a fictional character, I'd like to emulate Johnny Appleseed. I’d spread not seeds but common sense to encourage folks to live a life of worth and service treating all with respect and kindness.  

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