Vice President's Bio

Dr. William Franklin


Dr. William Franklin holds a Ph.D. in Psychological Studies in Education with an emphasis in Child and Adolescent Development from Stanford University. Dr. Franklin currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills and is the former Associate Vice President of Student Success and Director of the Educational Opportunity Program and TRIO Programs. While at CSU Dominguez Hills, Dr. Franklin has been instrumental in securing close to $15 million dollars in grants to design and implement several student success initiatives for low-income, first generation students.

He served as an Associate Professor in Child and Family Studies at California State University, Los Angeles and he served as an Associate Professor of Human Development in the Center of Collaborative Education and Professional Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay. While there, he was also the Interim Director of the Liberal Studies Institute. He has also served as a lecturer at Santa Clara University and at Stanford University.

Dr. Franklin was honored in 2015 with The Wang Family Excellence Award. The award recognizes four outstanding faculty members and one outstanding administrator who, through extraordinary commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements. Dr. Franklin was awarded the Outstanding Administrator out of the 23 campuses in the CSU. He was also the recipient of the NIMH Family Research Consortium III Post-Doctoral Fellowship and he served as a Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Franklin’s research focuses on risk and resilience in young African-American and Latino adolescents. He specifically examines individual variations in response to risk factors and the antecedents and correlates of healthy outcomes in individuals whose "lifespace" in low-income, urban environments pose heightened risks. For his work in this area, he was the recipient of the Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. Dr. Franklin continues to explore risk and resilience factors in youth of color by examining family, school, and community factors. He is involved with a number of initiatives targeted at increasing college admission, retention and graduation among youth in underserved/low-performing high schools in Los Angeles.

Dr. Franklin received his B.A. in Psychology and Masters in Educational Psychology from CSU Northridge. His teaching interests include adolescent development, child development, African-American family, early childhood themes and life cycle issues, African-American and Latino males, adolescent risk and resilience, at-risk youth, juvenile justice, and positive youth development.

Dr. Franklin currently spearheads a mentoring program for African American and Latino young men called the Male Success Alliance. The project works with close to 200 middle and high school boys and nearly 150 college young men. Dr. Franklin is often called on by community-based organizations, schools, juvenile justice facilities and universities to give motivational talks and/or conduct workshops to encourage, inspire, confront, challenge and to move youth to a higher level.