Georgia Highlands College
GHC/Marietta's Campus Dean to participate in National Leadership Institute
Dr. Kirk A. Nooks, GHC/Marietta campus dean, has recently been selected to the 2011 Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership. This year's institute will be hosted in Detroit, Oct.16-21. Nooks will be one of twelve emerging leaders who will have the opportunity to benefit from the executive development program sponsored by the Presidents' Roundtable of the National Council on Black American Affairs, an affiliate of the American Association of Community College. Applicants were selected through a rigorous admissions process from a large pool of candidates.

The Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership prepares senior-level executives for positions as community college chief executive officers. The program has graduated the highest number of African Americans who have gone on to CEO positions of any leadership institute in the United States. More than 25 percent of current African-American community college presidents are alumni of the Lakin Institute.

Nooks will take a variety of courses designed to prepare him for such a leadership role, including finance, internal and external partnership-building, the presidential search and interview process, fundraising, institutional leadership and effectiveness, board relations and fundraising skills.

Nooks acknowledged the honor of being chosen for the institute by saying, "The President's Round Table has a dynamic history of preparing professional for leadership at the highest levels of academe. I look forward to the collaboration and learning that will result from the experience, and to using that knowledge to advance the mission of access institutions."

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