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Swanson Earns Spot in Leadership Program

Swanson Earns Spot in Leadership Program

Kathrine Swanson, executive director for community relations at the Collin County Community College District, has been chosen to participate in the National Institute for Leadership Development's LEADERS 2001 program, an international program for administrators and faculty in higher education.

This year-long program, designed to enhance the skills that participants need to assume major decision-making roles in their institutions, includes institutional practice in supervisory and human relations skills, planning and budgeting, and organizational transformation as well as discussions with national experts on the issues confronting higher education during the next decade.

Swanson has a B.S. in Business Management from Northern Michigan University, an M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Ed. Administration from Montana State University and is completing an Ed.D. in Higher Ed. Administration from the University of North Texas. This former Michigan native now lives in Plano.

Her areas of expertise and previous experience include: enrollment management, continuing education, residential life, student conduct and staff development.

She is very active in the Texas Association for College Registrars and Administrators and the Texas Association for College Admissions Counseling. In her spare time, she hikes, camps, backpacks, reads, gardens, cooks and works with the church.

During the program, Swanson will be mentored by Toni Jenkins, executive vice president at CCCCD, to work on projects that will aid the institution and foster individual, professional growth. Her project for the year will be to establish and market an on-campus Speakers Bureau, by identifying topics of interest to the community and its organizations, and by locating faculty, administrators, and staff to speak who have expertise in the given topics.

Leaders 2001 participants are chosen for their professional abilities, their interests in advancement in higher education, and the quality of their proposed projects.

The National Institute for Leadership Development is internationally recognized by colleges, universities and businesses for its visionary, holistic programs that produce leaders who effectively challenge assumptions, eliminate barriers and create new pathways to successful solutions.

The office of community relations at CCCCD handles a broad range of responsibilities including the recruitment and retention of international students, early admissions, and other non-traditional seekers of higher education. For information, please call the office of community relations at 972-377-1749.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.