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Dr. Laura

Leadership Coach

Dr. Laura Meeks has served on the National Advisory Board of Ferris State University Doctorate in Community College Leadership. She brings to ATD a robust career in higher education spanning three decades of leadership and student success accolades. She first served as a dean of instruction at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas and then as vice president of instruction at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington, before returning to become president of Fort Scott Community College.

After eight years at Fort Scott Community College, Dr. Meeks was named fourth president of Eastern Gateway Community College. Under her 16-year tenure at Eastern Gateway earned designation as an ATD Leader College.

Some of Dr. Meeks’s accolades include: President’s Award from Progress Alliance, Pacesetter of the Year for the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 3, ACTION’s 2012 Education Empowerment award, and an award from the Outstanding Leadership Award from Phi Theta Kappa of Ohio. Dr. Meeks was also elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges and appointed to the national executive committee in Washington, D.C

Ph.D. (Curriculum and Instruction) | Kansas State University

M.S. (Speech and Rhetoric) | Pittsburg State University (Kansas)

B.A. | University of Minnesota-Duluth

Past Experience
Dean of Instruction | Fort Scott Community College, Kansas

Vice President of Instruction | Green River Community College, Washington

President | Fort Scott Community College, Kansas

President | Eastern Gateway Community College, Ohio

Interim Vice President of Instruction | Fort Scott Community College, Kansas

How has education changed your life/your family?

Teachers, federal aid, and college assistantships changed my life by encouraging and financing me to earn one degree, then another and then another. My mom washed dishes in a nursing home and my dad was a truck driver, and as the oldest of three girls, I worried about money. Since then, my mission has been to help students have a better life with a better education. At graduation I always cry with thankfulness. Today my sons’ families have worries, but with their degrees and work ethic they, like many of our students, are able to pay bills and have special presents for their children on holidays. Education helped me not to worry so much and to give back to my family and others.

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