Northeast State to host noted leadership speakers

Northeast State will host two nationally recognized speakers Feb. 2 and 3 as part of the College’s ongoing professional development and targeted leadership development (TLDP) programs. The events are scheduled for the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Dr. George Baker III, the Joseph D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus for Community College Leadership at North Carolina State University, will present a program on Feb. 2 entitled Leadership and the Community College. Dr. Baker is scheduled to speak to TDLP participants from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and to the college-at-large from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Baker has received several awards for his research, teaching, service, and national leadership in the community college movement, including awards from governors of Kentucky, Mississippi, and Texas for contributions to education, as well as many more.

Mrs. Emma Morris, head of the Atlanta-based Morris Group, will speak on Feb. 3 about Managing Change. Mrs. Morris will speak to TDLP participants from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and to the college-at-large from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mrs. Morris has held executive level positions with IBM, Ernst & Whinney, Dun & Bradstreet Software, and served as founding CEO for three technology companies subsequently acquired by global firms. An expert on rapid growth, merger integration, and corporate change, she graduated cum laude from Emory University and earned an M.B.A. in international marketing from the University of South Carolina.

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