Dr. Ken Frank Named Mediation Coach of the Year

Director of Conflict Resolution and Legal Studies Dr. Ken Frank received the Fred Lane Mediation Coach of the Year Award at the 16th annual International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament, held Nov. 11-14 in Des Moines, Iowa. The award, bestowed by the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution, celebrates Frank for his accomplishments at Brenau – including his coordination of a highly regarded regional invitational tournament on campus each year – and his work as chair of the International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament Board.

“Brenau has been involved in the program ever since its inception, so this is a big honor for the university,” he said. “It certainly shows the commitment we have for conflict resolution and mediation.”

Frank and four Brenau student representatives – senior conflict resolution and legal studies majors Ellie Anglin, Lindsay Embrick and Sarah McAndrews and sophomore business/conflict resolution and legal studies double major Jamie Zheng – attended the four-day Drake Law School event. Although the team did not make it to the semi-final round, they nonetheless performed very well against a field of 31 other universities. In fact, the panel of professional mediator judges chalked them up as the winners in half of their ballots.

Interestingly, the tournament coincided with Saturday night’s Democratic presidential candidate debate, which also occurred on the Drake campus. Although Frank said his group did not catch glimpses of Hillary or feel the Bern in person, he does offer some sound advice for the presidential front-runners on the left and right of the political spectrum.
“They can learn not to take such inflexible positions,” he said. “Their unwillingness to compromise is something that I think our mediators can help them with.”