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Seminole State welcomes new directors, dean

Seminole State College of Florida has welcomed two new directors and a dean to its staff. Aaron Hanlin and Morgan Tracy are serving as directors at the College, and Michelle Franz is a new dean.

Aaron Hanlin, Director of the Grindle Honors Institute

Aaron Hanlin

As director of the Grindle Honors Institute, Hanlin provides leadership in planning, developing, coordinating, implementing and evaluating the honors program. He joined Seminole State in May.

Hanlin, a native of Canton, Ohio, previously served as the director of admissions and scholarships in the Honors College at Kent State University (KSU), where he was involved in higher education administration since 2011. While at KSU, Hanlin held a variety of roles, which included advising undergraduate honors students, directing the admissions process, managing $5 million in scholarship funds, developing and teaching honors courses, overseeing marketing campaigns, planning honors events, building alumni relationships and developing a robust study abroad program. He recruited both the largest and highest-achieving freshmen classes that KSU experienced since the inception of its honors program in 1934. In 2016, Hanlin launched the Honors Freshmen in Florence Program, which sent 15 first-semester freshmen to the KSU Florence Center for their academic studies.

In addition to his experience at Kent State, Hanlin served as president of the Mid-East Honors Association (MEHA) from 2015-17 and has been actively involved with the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) for the past six years.

A KSU Honors College Scholar, Hanlin holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a master’s degree in higher education administration. He is pursuing his doctoral degree in education psychology at KSU.

Morgan Tracy, Director of College Libraries

Morgan Tracy

Morgan Tracy brings more than 20 years of experience in libraries and library administration to Seminole State, having held positions in public, government and academic libraries. He joined Seminole State in March.

As director of college libraries, Tracy provides leadership in planning, implementing and assessing library initiatives to support student learning and faculty teaching across all Seminole State campuses and in online courses. He previously served as director of library services at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. During his tenure there, several areas of the main campus library were renovated, and an online institutional repository highlighting faculty scholarship and university history was launched.

Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Mount Mercy University in Iowa and master’s degrees in library science (Clarion University of Pennsylvania) and liberal studies (Fort Hays State University in Kansas).

Michelle Franz, Dean of eLearning

Michelle Franz

Michelle Franz has worked in higher education and eLearning for 15 years in administrative and faculty roles, including program management, instructional design, and training and development. Before joining Seminole State in March, Franz worked at Northern Virginia Community College and Howard Community College in Maryland, where she played a vital role in the construction of faculty support programs, student success initiatives, and development and quality assurance of online courses. 

As dean of eLearning, Franz provides strategic leadership, creativity and administrative oversight of the eLearning Department and supports the College’s learning mission by providing faculty and administrator’s information and support about all aspects of eLearning, including the innovative use of technology in instruction, faculty development, and the growth of eLearning programs and courses.

Franz holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and government from University of Hartford in Connecticut, and a master’s degree in teaching with technology from Marlboro College in Vermont. She is working on her doctoral degree in education at Nova Southeastern University.


Seminole State College of Florida, with 1,500 employees on six sites in Central Florida, is the seventh-largest employer in Seminole County. The College offers a competitive benefits package, incentives for advanced education, and opportunities for personal and professional development. For information on careers at Seminole State, please visit the Human Resources employment website.

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