TRHT Oral History Project

Project Title

OhioLINK Luminaries Program: Otterbein DEI Internship 2021-2022



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Nia Thermelaras; Elizabeth Zeitz, Luminaries Program Supervisor

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Oral History Interview

Interview Date

Spring 4-18-2022

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OhioLINK Luminaries Program, Otterbein DEI Internship, TRHT


Starting as an AV tech in the Learning Resource Center at the Courtright Memorial Library in July of 1983, Willie has been the friendly face of tech support at Otterbein for nearly 40 years. Before retiring in August 2022, Willie Franklin served as the Event and Technology Coordinator in the Office of Events and Conferences. Willie earned his BA in organizational communication at Otterbein in 2010 and has been recognized on and off campus with such awards as The Carter G. Woodson Award from the Office of Diversity in 2014, Volunteer of the Year-Hands Up Award from WARM in 2014, and Otterbein’s Model Citizen Award in 2016.


In this interview with Willie Franklin, he describes his experiences at Otterbein University beginning as an AV Technician in the Library Resource Center to the Director of Instructional Support Services. He discusses his various life philosophies such as, failure is an event and not a person. Franklin also address how race and being a person of color has affected his career in technology.

Franklin, Willie, Interview



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