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Washburn University Names 2014-2015 Fink Professors of Leadership

09/26/14 07:09 am CDT
"We are beginning our second year of this initiative and these opportunities have already contributed to the learning of our students"

In the coming months, Washburn University students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to learn from four individuals renowned in their disciplines as they serve as the 2014-2015 Ruth Garvey Cochener Fink Professors of Leadership.

The visiting professorships, made possible by university donors, support leadership education on campus and within the community of Topeka and greater Shawnee County.

Michael Gleason, director of the Washburn Leadership Institute, said the Fink Professors inspire students and faculty through their discussions of leadership application within their own lives.

“We are beginning our second year of this initiative and these opportunities have already contributed to the learning of our students,” he said. “As the visiting professors share their stories, they bring to life the concepts we discuss in our leadership courses.”

Each of the chosen visiting professors is nominated by Washburn faculty and selected after stringent review of what the individual can provide to students, faculty, staff and the community in the way of leadership expertise.

Thomas McGowan, an associate professor at Rhodes College and noted researcher of community engagement in higher education, will be on campus Nov. 5-7, 2014. McGowan will share knowledge related to High Impact Community Engagement Practices. Such practices are being expanded on the Washburn campus and McGowan will work directly with faculty, staff, students and community partners toward that end.

Steven Hahn, the Nichols Professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and noted scholar and author of African American history, history of the American South and the international history of slavery and emancipation, will be on campus Feb. 4-6, 2015. During his visit he will give the Sesquicentennial Lincoln Lecture and visit leadership classes.

Jeff Kready and Nikki Renee Daniels, Broadway performers, will be on campus April 13-17, 2015. Kready graduated from Washburn in 2005 with a degree in music education.. Both he and Daniels, his wife, have performed in numerous leading roles on the nation’s biggest stages and have been recognized with Tony awards and nominations. They will work directly with students and faculty during their visit as well as outreach with local high schools.

More information about each of the visits specifically will be shared as they approach.


Washburn University
Michaela Saunders, university relations, 785.670.2154
Michael Gleason, director, Leadership Institute, 785.670.2000

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