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Swoboda receives Emeritus Award

Dr. Don Swoboda, who recently retired as dean of WKU’s Division of Extended Learning and Outreach, received the Emeritus Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

Dr. Don Swoboda received the Emeritus Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

Dr. Swoboda was one of 11 educators recognized during the awards ceremony at the ACHE’s 72nd annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M.

The award recognizes retiring association members who have displayed a significant degree of leadership within the association for at least 10 years. Dr. Swoboda was the founding dean of DELO and retired in September.

“Under his leadership, DELO has grown into one of the most effective extended learning and outreach units in Kentucky,” said Dan Connell, Assistant Vice President in the Center for Adult Education and College Access at Morehead State University.  “DELO has provided many valuable outreach services that have enhanced the quality of life for the people whom the unit serves.”

“At each place he has worked, Don has brought innovative solutions to challenges with a remarkable degree of success,” said Charles Hickox, dean of Continuing Education & Outreach at Eastern Kentucky University.  “His service to our profession includes an impressive variety of leadership roles; always with the good of the whole in mind rather than personal advancement.”

ACHE’s awards were established to recognize and honor individuals and groups for their exemplary service to the association and the profession and are given in an effort to stimulate, encourage and reward outstanding contributions to the advancement of continuing higher education.

ACHE is dedicated to promoting lifelong learning and excellence in continuing higher education. As an organization of colleges, universities and individuals, they encourage professional development, research and exchange of information for its members and continuing higher education as a means of enhancing and improving society.

For information, contact Ynez Walske, executive secretary and home office manager of ACHE, at admin@acheinc.org or Jennifer Perry, WKU DELO marketing manager, at jennifer.perry@wku.edu or (270) 745-1926.

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