Des Moines University

Angela Walker Franklin, Ph.D., President & CEO

During my career in academic leadership, a primary theme has been to build teams that share a solid foundation of trust. To develop a thriving culture of innovation there has to be genuine respect that permits experimentation and the prospect of healthy debate.

Leaders of high-performing organizations often emulate the orchestra conductor, ensuring all members know their critical roles, facilitating the separate and distinct contributions to blend well to a successful outcome of “making beautiful music together.”

In my case, measures of success and breakthrough thinking are concrete: DMU’s cohesive team of leaders made it possible to think big and build a new campus; and we can grow while enhancing innovations in teaching with new emerging technologies. We preserved quality in teaching through COVID-19 and now embrace the future with a renewed sense of ingenuity and collaboration.


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