TNCC to Host African-American Community College Leaders from Across the Nation

Published: September 26, 2007

Thomas Nelson Community College will be host to the 2007 Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership October 15-20. Roughly 40 participants including community college presidents and potential community college leaders from across the nation will assemble on the Virginia Peninsula for the conference which is sponsored by the 2007 Presidents’ Round Table of African-American CEOs in association with the American Association of Community Colleges.

Thomas Nelson Community College President Dr. Charles A. Taylor is convener and chair of the Presidents’ Round Table of African-American CEOs for 2006-07. The organization’s annual meeting will coincide with the Lakin Institute which is now in its 14th year. Among the event’s featured speakers are, Norfolk State University President Dr. Carolyn Meyers, sharing her vision on the importance of turning leadership challenges into opportunities; Virginia Delegates Mamye BaCote and Jeoin Ward addressing the politics of leadership; and Dr. Belle Wheelan, President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools discussing Accreditation and the Presidency.

During the weeklong event, participants get an opportunity to share in the expertise of current community college CEOs, current and past members of the American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors, and trustees and staff of the Association of Community College Trustees.The Institute is named in honor of the late Dr. Thomas Lakin, a California native and career educator, and is designed to prepare senior-level executives for positions as community college chief executive officers. Currently more than 25 percent of African-American community college presidents are Lakin Institute alumni.

Founded in January 1983, the Presidents’ Round Table brings together African-American community college CEOs to focus on advocacy for each other and promote mentorship to ensure the African-American legacy in campus leadership positions. Other priorities include successful matriculation of African-American students and employment opportunities for African-Americans in community colleges across the nation with special emphasis on grooming future presidents, among other initiatives.

The Presidents’ Round Table of African-American CEOs is an affiliate organization of the National Council on Black American Affairs, an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges.
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