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Waterstrat Graduates from Academic Leadership Development Institute

photo of amanda waterstrat holding awardSomerset Community College's (SCC) Dr. Amanda Waterstrat, associate professor of Biology, recently graduated from The Council on Postsecondary Education’s new leadership institute for early career and underrepresented faculty. Dr. Waterstrat was part of the inaugural cohort.

The purpose of the Academic Leadership Development Institute (ALDI) is to develop more campus leaders among early career and underrepresented minority faculty who aspire to leadership positions.

The cohort consisted of 19 faculty representing all eight of the state universities and seven colleges of Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

“We are building a cadre of great higher education leaders who can take us well in the 21st century,” said Aaron Thompson, CPE executive vice president and chief academic officer.

Candidates were nominated for the yearlong initiative based on the following criteria: fewer than seven years’ experience in the profession, demonstrated leadership ability, interest in advancement and dedication to their teaching craft.

Thompson said that institutions benefit from developing their own leaders because of their familiarity with the campus climate and knowledge of the institutional mission and strategic plan.

In addition, the program supports campus diversity plans that call for increasing underrepresented minorities in management occupations.

The program, created and facilitated by Dr. Caroline Atkins, a senior associate at the council, was an eight-month program. During this time, participants acquired a more comprehensive view of postsecondary education from both national and statewide perspectives.

Dr. Waterstrat and her family reside in London, Kentucky. Dr. Waterstrat graduated from Lindsey Wilson College in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She then received her Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and completed postdoctoral work at Markey Cancer Center, in 2009. Dr. Waterstrat has been an SCC faculty member since 2011.