BCTC’s LaVetta Reliford graduates from Academic Leadership Development Institute

Nov 10, 2017

Lavetta Reillford reciving her certificateLEXINGTON, Ky.—Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s (BCTC) LaVetta Reliford, program coordinator of the radiography program in the Allied Health and Natural Sciences department, has just graduated from the Council on Postsecondary Education’s (CPE) new leadership institute for underrepresented minority faculty.

Reliford is part of the inaugural cohort of the new leadership institute, which was created to develop more campus leaders among early career, 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).

Dr. Gregory Feeney, vice president of Academics and Workforce Development at BCTC, nominated Reliford for the program because “LaVetta came to BCTC with years of experience, and she immediately stepped into program leadership and hit the ground running.” Nominated candidates for the yearlong initiative were based on the following criteria: fewer than seven years’ experience in the profession, demonstrated leadership ability, and interest in advancement and dedication to their teaching craft.

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

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.

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Photo caption: LaVetta Reliford receives her certificate from the CPE’s new Academic Leadership Development Institute. She is the program coordinator of BCTC’s radiography program.