Office of the President

Dear Friends,

Franklin University, a private, nonprofit institution in central Ohio is pleased to have entered into a formal partnership with Urbana University. Sharing common values and student and career-focused missions, this new partnership will strengthen and enhance the core offerings of both universities in service to an ever-broadening community of learners.

We are proud of Urbana University and its over 160-year history of serving west central Ohio with innovative academic programs that feature personal attention from faculty and delivering classes in multiple modalities. Unique to Urbana are Blue Knight athletics that include 15 NCAA II sports along with intercollegiate bowling and shooting sports. 

By sharing best practices and having a broader reach to talent and ideas, both institutions will continue to strive towards their separate yet closely related strategic visions. I am extremely confident in Dr. Pamela Shay in her new role leading Urbana University.  By building on an already strong reputation and growing and expanding the University, aspiring students will be provided even greater opportunities.

Dr. David Decker
Franklin University



Friends and family of Urbana,                                

I am delighted to be leading Urbana University. Having grown up in Springfield, Ohio, Urbana University is near and dear to my heart. I have fond memories of attending sporting events at Urbana University, visiting the county fair, strolling the shops on Main Street, and enjoying a piece of pie at Grime's Field diner.

My nearly 30 years of experience range from public to private universities in numerous faculty and administrative roles. I've also been an entrepreneur for most of my life growing up in a family business and managing several businesses or launching new ventures through schools and nonprofit organizations.

Throughout all of my experiences my passion remains with small, liberal arts, faith-based colleges. It is with that passion that I intend to lead Urbana University.  Personal attention and meaningful relationships between faculty, staff, and students is what distinguishes Urbana from other Universities and is what makes Urbana a powerful force.  I look forward to building those same relationships with students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, businesses, organizations, and the community at large.

GO Blue Knights!!

Dr. Pamela Shay
Senior Vice President of Academics & Student Affairs and 
VP for Accreditation & Institutional Effectiveness
Franklin University 


 Dr. David Decker









 Dr. Pamela Shay