Francka joins HU as new EXCEL director

Shelly Francka, Huntington University, a Christian collegeHUNTINGTON, Ind.— Shelly Francka has joined Huntington University’s EXCEL Adult Degree Programs as its new director.

Francka comes to the university from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., where she was the director of the MBA program. She holds a Master in Business Administration degree from Southwest Baptist University, a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and an Associate in Science degree in practical nursing. She is currently working on her doctorate in business administration.

“The passion and dedication of faculty and staff of Huntington University was instrumental in my decision to join HU,” Francka said. “It is so refreshing to see such dynamic individuals unite for a common goal, shared vision and student success.”

As the new director, Francka hopes to continue to support growth in the current EXCEL programs, create a greater awareness of EXCEL in the local communities and develop new programs by identifying employer and community needs.

“I would love in the next two years for the enrollment to double,” she said.

Huntington University’s EXCEL Program is offered onsite and online. EXCEL offers associate degree programs in Christian ministry and organizational management in addition to bachelor’s degree programs in business administration, human resource management, not-for-profit leadership, marketing, accounting and nursing (RN to BSN). Onsite classes are held one night per week, one subject at a time in Huntington and Columbia City, Ind. A 15-credit hour TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate is also offered in an accelerated format in Huntington.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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