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Franklyn Casale, MDiv Biography

President of St. Thomas University
Pro to the question "Is a College Education Worth It?"

“The premise that ‘college is not worth it’ is based on the notion that one’s return on such an investment is the only reason that a person should go to college. In actuality, the value of a college degree goes far beyond its total cost. Indeed, a college degree — and the experience of earning one’s degree — benefits its recipient for a lifetime, and a college education is a benefit for the common good of any community.

A college degree is always an investment worth making.

In the years a student spends working to obtain a degree, he or she develops as a person in ways that cannot be measured by the ‘investment’ of going to college. Whether through group projects with fellow students, an internship with a company, or individual research on behalf of a professor, the college experience educates the whole individual, and helps to develop the person’s values.

It is during one’s college years that one develops a sense of self, a world view, an appreciation for the dignity of people, and an enthusiasm for the arts. Also, because of various internship and volunteer opportunities during college, the college graduate has gained a deeper understanding of the importance of civic engagement.”

“College Degree Always Worth the Investment,”, June 21, 2013

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, St. Thomas University, 1994-present
  • Director, Institute for STU-China Executive Forum for Leadership Development, St. Thomas University
  • Faculty Member, Department of Religious Studies, St. Thomas University
  • Member, Board of Governors, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Carrfour Corporation
  • Member, Board of Directors, Palmetto General Hospital, 2012
  • Donor, Catholic Community Foundation, Archdiocese of Miami
  • Board Member, Orange Bowl Committee
  • Board Member, Fonkoze USA
  • Appointee, Governor’s Haiti Advisory Group
  • Member, Executive Council, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Member, Governing Board, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Member, Presidents Council of Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida
  • Member, Florida Association of Colleges & Universities
  • Co-founder, Haiti-Tech
  • Member, Board of Trustees, St. John Vianney College Seminary
  • MDiv, Immaculate Conception Seminary
  • BA, Sacred Theology, Catholic University
  • BA, Humanities and Philosophy, Seton Hall University
  • Former Vicar General, Chancellor and Moderator, Curia of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees, Seton Hall University
  • Former Member, Governing Board, Fair Oaks Hospital
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Bloomfield College
  • Received Monsignor title, 1979
  • Ordained by the Catholic Church, 1967
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