During its 37-year history, the Presidents Round Table has held true to its founding principle – to support, guide, advise, encourage, and mentor each other as African-American presidents and aspiring leaders of the nation’s community colleges. The names and the commitment of the thirty Founders, stalwart men and women, will be remembered as trailblazers and groundbreakers for all who followed in their footsteps. Over the years, the advocacy agenda grew to include the creation of the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership, designed to provide a week-long professional development opportunity for growing numbers of African-Americans aspiring to roles of leadership. More than 400 senior administrators sat at the feet of presidents to listen, learn, and grow in their own capacities to lead. And, we recognized our commitment to increase the success of men of color in the academy, and the Men of Color Student Leadership Institutes was born. To date, more than 400 men and advisors have traveled the country annually to engage, lean in, and lean on each other to reach their academic and community service goals. The work of our Founders continues!
Dr. Kimberly Beatty