Minneapolis, Minn. – October 2, 2017 – The Presidents’ Round Table (PRT), a national association dedicated to supporting African-American leaders and students in community colleges, announced its 2017 cohort of the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership (Lakin Institute).
“The 2017 Lakin cohort is an outstanding group of leaders who will deeply benefit from this experience,” said Dr. Kirk A. Nooks, Dean of the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership. “With the complex leadership challenges we are experiencing now, and in the future, this group will be able to demonstrate that community colleges are in good hands. The American Council on Education 2017 American College President Study indicates that African-American leaders account for about eight percent of the college presidency. Based on a historical rate of change, racial parity within the college presidency will occur in 2050. This Institute will endeavor to accelerate this timeframe”.
The 2017 Lakin Institute cohort fellows include:
- Kwesi Amoa, Westchester Community College, Dean of Mathematics, Science and Engineering
- Keith W. Berry, Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Campus, Dean of Academic Affairs
- Lawrence Brandyburg, Lone Star College – Jakarta, CEO/Vice Rector of Academic Affairs and Student Success
- Narren J. Brown, South Central College, Associate Vice President, Research and Institutional Effectiveness
- Herbert L. English, Victor Valley College, Dean of Student Equity and Success
- Calvin Harris, Baltimore City Community College, Vice President of Business and Finance
- Warren E. Haynes, University of Central Missouri – Lee’s Summit, Campus Director
- Gregory A. Hudson, Trenholm State Community College, Dean of Students and Senior Executive Officer
- Charles N. Nwankwo, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Vice President of Information Technology & Media Services/CIO
- Tanjula Petty, Albany Technical College, Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Larry Rideaux, Jr., Tarrant County College – South, Interim Dean of Humanities and Vice President of Student Development
- Jacqueline S. Taylor, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Executive Director of Retention and Student Success
- Denise S. Whisenhunt, San Diego Community College District, City College, Vice President of Student Services
- Daria J. Willis, Onondoga Community College, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Hosted October 15-20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland, the Lakin Institute seeks African-American participants whose experience and credentials indicate they are ready to attain the highest academic positions. The program is an opportunity for open dialogue with chancellors, presidents, and CEOs. It covers all aspects of academic leadership. This year’s institute is supported by a number of organizations and search consultants to include Issacson Miller, Spelman Johnson and R. H. Perry & Associates.
“The Thomas L. Lakin Institute experience has helped over 100 community college professionals who aspired to executive leadership to reach their goals, including serving as presidents nationwide,” said Dr. Marlon Hall, President of Lassen Community College, and Convener of the PRT. “The Presidents’ Round Table is committed to growing the talent pipeline for serving our communities with capable and committed leadership.”
More than 300 participants have attended the Lakin Institute since its inception in 1994. The Lakin Institute has one of the highest graduate placement rates of any leadership institute in the United States. One of three participants have become a college chancellor, president or CEO. It is named in honor of Dr. Thomas Lakin, a former Chancellor of the Ventura County (CA) Community College District.