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Administrator Attends Mentoring Institute


December 2, 2010

Dr. Patricia Sims, Dean of Instructional and Student Services at Drake State Technical College, was a recent participant at the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership presented by the President’s Round Table.

Sims is responsible providing leadership and supervision to all instructional units and student services. She has over fifteen years of experience in the field of education. Sims has been employed in administration at Drake State since 2002. Her academic career includes an undergraduate degree from West Alabama, a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Alabama A&M and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

Held this year in Houston, Texas, The Lakin Institute seeks African-American participants whose experience and credentials indicate they are ready to attain the highest academic positions. The program is an opportunity for open dialogue with chancellors, presidents and CEOs and covers all aspects of academic leadership.

Nearly 200 participants have attended The Lakin Leadership Mentoring Program since its inception in 1994. The Institute has the highest graduate placement rate of any leadership institute in the United States. One of three participants has become a college chancellor, president or CEO. It is named in honor of Dr. Thomas Lakin, former Chancellor of the Ventura County (CA) Community College District.

The President’s Round Table is an affiliate organization of the National Council on Black American Affairs and the American Association of Community Colleges. The Council is designed to provide Black community college presidents an operational network including mentoring and internship opportunities and professional development and advancement.

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