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
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
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