frank charlotteCharlotte K. Frank

Class of 1950

Inducted 2006

As senior vice president, research and development, for McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Charlotte K. Frank is one of the country’s top authorities in the field of education. She has been the driving force in working with the judges who select the winners of the Harold W. McGraw Prize in Education, given to those who have made a difference in the field. At McGraw Hill, she chairs “Operation Respect: Don’t Laugh at Me,” an innovative, highly acclaimed and successful program that was founded in 1999 by Peter Yarrow (of the legendary folk-singing trio Peter, Paul and Mary), who serves as its president. Its goal is to take the transformative power of music and use it to infuse school curricula with social and emotional learning principles.

Frank also helps to design and assess the print and multimedia programs used by students on every rung of the educational ladder, from pre-school children to adults.

One of her key responsibilities is to research and develop, where appropriate, the educational activities of McGraw-Hill’s other segments: The Financial Services Sector, which includes Standard and Poor’s, and the Information Services Group, which includes Business Week, Aviation Week, Engineering News-Record and Architectural Record. Frank also represents McGraw-Hill at the National Business Roundtable’s Educational Taskforce Initiative.

Frank has deep roots in public education. After receiving her Bachelor of Business Administration from CCNY, majoring in statistics and economics, she became a New York City public school teacher, then went on to become executive director of the New York City Board of Education’s Division of Curriculum and Instruction. In that capacity, she was the key decision-maker over what the city’s students would study. Managing a budget of $45 million and 800 employees, she used the most recent research available to design and administer the students’ course of study as well as staff professional development programs.

With a master's degree from Hunter College and a Ph.D. from New York University, Frank — a New York State Regents Emerita — is a frequent speaker at forums in this country and abroad. A key focus of hers has been comparing school practices with the needs students will have as members of the work force. She has received scores of awards, including the College’s 1999 Townsend Harris Medal; membership in the Hunter College Hall of Fame; the National Council of Administrative Women in Education’s Woman of the Year Award; Kappa Delta Pi’s Distinguished Educational Leadership Award; and the Doctorate Association of New York Educator’s Outstanding Educator of the Year Award. In 2012, she was saluted by The Bank Street College of Education for her career-long record of achievement.

frank charlotte with frank sciame
Charlotte K. Frank, pictured here with Frank Sciame,
former president of the Alumni Association

Her impact has also been felt abroad. She established the Frank Aerospace Study Center in Arad, Israel, to advance science and technology education. When Edward I. Koch was mayor of New York, he asked Frank for help in reaching students with “character building” materials. The result was “Citizenship in New York City,” a program aimed at giving youngsters a sense of pride in their communities. Frank has been a generous supporter of endeavors for high school students in all subject areas, but particularly in the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and math. At City College, she established The Dr. Charlotte K. Frank Center for Mathematics Education. The NYU Science Center also carries her name.