Lance Franklin is the assistant vice president for environmental health and safety. He came to Virginia Tech in 2008 from his previous position as director and radiation safety officer in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety in the Division of Research at Wayne State University.
Franklin leads the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. The office is responsible for maintaining a safe campus environment by assuring university activities are conducted in compliance with applicable policy and regulatory laws and by supporting the development, implementation, and monitoring of prevention control strategies and initiatives. The office assists departments with complying with safety regulations and mandates.
In addition to the Blacksburg campus, the office also covers university operations at the National Capital Region, state-wide agricultural research centers, the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center and other facilities owned or occupied by Virginia Tech nationally and internationally.
Franklin began his professional career as a researcher in Chrysler Motor Corporation's Toxicology Department. For more than 15 years, he was the director of environmental health and safety at Wayne State University where he also held the academic rank of adjunct professor in their College of Engineering.
Franklin has served as a member of the executive board for the Children's Institute of Michigan, Wayne State’s Environmental Health Academic Advisory Committee, and the National Safety Council's Campus Safety Association. In addition, he served as the chair of Wayne State’s Environmental Sustainability Committee.
Among Franklin’s honors are the Complete Program Award of Honor by the National Safety Council's Campus Safety Division, which was jointly awarded to Wayne State’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety, and the Wayne State University's President Quality Service Award. Franklin is also a State of Michigan King Chavez Park Scholar. He is a member of the Institute of Hazardous Material Management, the National Safety Council, the American Chemical Society, and the Society of Research Administrators.
Franklin received his bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and his Ph.D. from Wayne State University.