Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media
ABOUT THE RICHARD AND LESLIE FRANK CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION IN MEDIA
Established in 2020, the Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media will develop students who are leaders in their professions by offering access to a diverse group of experts and practitioners through residencies and a speaker series, and by supporting outside learning opportunities such as professional immersion experiences, conference participation, and internships. The Frank Center will also enhance opportunities for the College of Media to engage with the public on pressing issues. (Pictured above: “The Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media Presents: A Panel on Sports and Social Media,” broadcast at WILL studios in September 2021.)
A portion of the Franks’ gift will be used to create a state-of-the-art broadcast facility within Richmond Studio with renovations beginning Spring 2023. Additionally, their gift created two classrooms in Gregory Hall to accommodate the use of new technologies and to offer space for media editing and production.
ABOUT THE FRANKS
Rich Frank, former president of Disney Studios, and Leslie (Miller) Frank, an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, both now vintners and hospitality leaders in Napa Valley, wanted to make an investment in the University of Illinois that would have an impact for generations.
“We are encouraged our contribution will help create the highest level of learning for the next generation of journalists and that we are able to play a part in elevating the stature of the program at Illinois, making it a top destination for students and faculty,” said Rich and Leslie Frank.
The Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media Presents: A Panel on Sports and Social Media
From Naomi Osaka announcing her French Open exit on Instagram to the viral video of Illini gymnast Evan Manivong brandishing his vaccination card, how social media platforms enable and shape interactions among athletes, sports teams, fans, brands, and others is increasingly clear. This panel will consider issues where social media and sports interact. Panelists included:
- Josh Whitman, University of Illinois Athletic Director
- Colleen Kane, Sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune
- Alex Iniguez, Senior Editor at The Athletic
- De'Myla Brown, Fighting Illini women's basketball player and journalism student
- Moderator: Alison Davis, Lecturer in the Department of Journalism
Frank Center Conversation on Media Leadership & Innovation with Leslie Frank, Peter Alexander, Judy Hsu
Leslie (Miller) Frank, an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, will host a conversation about media leadership and innovation with Peter Alexander, chief White House correspondent for NBC News, and Judy Hsu, ABC 7 Chicago anchor and Media alumna (BS '93, journalism),