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Doctoral student attends Lakin Institute

Annette Parker of Lexington, a student in WKU’s educational leadership doctoral program, participated in the 2011 Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership last week in Detroit.

Parker, director of Workforce Education for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, attended the Lakin Institute program Oct. 16-21.

Named in honor of Dr. Thomas Lakin, a career educator and visionary from Los Angeles, the Lakin Institute is a legacy to the lifetime and vision he brought to community college leadership and is designed to prepare senior-level executives for positions as community college chief executive officers.

The Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership is sponsored by the Presidents’ Round Table, National Council on Black American Affairs, an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).  The Lakin Institute has graduated the highest number of African Americans who have gone on to CEO positions over any other leadership institute in the United States.

“The Lakin Institute was both challenging and rewarding,” Parker said. “We worked from the time we got up until bed each of the six days of the institute. It was amazing. Now I know that I am ‘in the pipeline’ of a community college presidency, and I have the entire President’s Round Table behind me.”

Parker plans to complete the WKU Ed.D program in the spring of 2012.

Contact: Tony Norman, (270) 745-3061.

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