Student Spotlight: Peter Franklin


 Peter Franklin looks back at passing his senior Comprehensive Exams as one of his favorite memories at Bethany. Passing the exams, which are both written and oral, is required for graduation.

While looking back on his four years at Bethany, accounting major Peter Franklin had a tough time choosing his favorite memory. He narrowed it down to three events: hearing distinguished alumni speak at convocations, passing his senior Comprehensive Exams, and meeting presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

The 42nd and 43rd presidents visited with a handful of Bethany students who were involved with the McCann Student Investment Fund. The fund, which began through a $1 million by Bethany alumnus Bob McCann, allows Bethany students to understand the economy in a real way. They use the money to make investments, with the goal of turning a profit.

“I think it may be the most amazing opportunity available to students attending the College,” said Peter, a former CEO of the fund.

“A few years ago we received a special invitation from Dr. McCann.  A select group of students were invited to a special event in Pittsburgh,” he said. “The finale of the grand experience included a private briefing with not one but two former United States Presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.  Many people may see these men at a public event, but very few are able to say they were invited as a college student to attend something of this magnitude. This small school of national distinction certainly lived up to its reputation that day."

Peter has made the most of his time at Bethany. He’s a member of the Economics Club, Business and Accounting Club and Omicron Delta Epsilon. He’s also a student associate in the Office of the President, member and former president of Delta Tau Delta, Senior Class Council treasurer, and member of the golf team.

“Explore Greek life, join clubs, travel,” Peter said when asked what advice he’d give to incoming students. “Get involved with organizations, get an internship, and most importantly, learn and grow as a person. “

Soon, Peter will have another memory to add to his favorites: graduation. He’ll be walking across the stage in just a few days.  His drive and determination have already landed him a job as a financial advisor with a Pittsburgh firm.