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Faculty/Staff Win International Awards

Seven members of the faculty and staff at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, including WKCTC President Barbara Veazey, were recently recognized as 2012 Idahlynn Karree International Exemplary Leaders by the Chair Academy.

Each year college and university employees from around the world are chosen to showcase their outstanding programs and services at a conference sponsored by The Chair Academy, an organization dedicated to advancing academic and administrative leadership training worldwide. The International Exemplary Leadership Award is given to an individual or group who has demonstrated advancements in academic and administrative leadership at their institution.

Presenting the awards during the 21st Annual Chair Academy Conference on Wednesday, March 28, academy member Bernadette Montoya said the highest recognition a person can receive is to be honored by their colleagues.

The (Chair Academy's goal is to) celebrate these individuals and teams who best exemplify and support academic and administrative excellence in leadership., Montoya said. These award recipients have developed programs to enhance the learning communities of their institutions; they have created programs to enhance diverse opportunities and to meet the needs of ever changing student populations.

President Dr. Veazey and Kim Russell, WKCTCs English program coordinator, were among 38 leaders recognized. Dr. Veazey of Sharpe was described as a resilient visionary and intuitive leader. In the 10th year of her WKCTC presidency, Dr. Veazey has overseen a host of innovative projects including the development of the Paducah School of Art, the Skilled Craft Training Center, the Commonwealth Middle College and the Emerging Technology Center. Her efforts played a vital role in the naming of WKCTC as one of the top 5 community college in the nation by the Aspen Institute.

Russell of Paducah was instrumental in spearheading the colleges successful quality enhancement program which focused on increasing reading on the campus.

The colleges public relation team is comprised of Janett Blythe of Mayfield, Tammy Thompson of Paducah, Blair Travis of Calvert City, Bettie Bean of Paducah and David Eddings of Paducah. The PR team was recognized for its efforts to build a strong brand and build on the reputation of WKCTC and its employees.

Its really a great honor to be recognized as a team for our work, said Blythe. We could not function as a team without the support of our college leadership and our dedicated colleagues at WKCTC.

The Chair Academy began in 1992 with the International Conference for Chairs, Deans, and Other Organizational Leaders. The Academy is not designed for college presidents, rather for all leadership positions from mid-level and above. During the early 1990s, academic chairs and deans were the primary participants of the Academy. However, since 1995, program offerings have been expanded to include all midlevel organizational leaders from post-secondary institutions.