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New Leadership Named for LEAD WT Program

Jan. 22, 2014

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

New Leadership Named for LEAD WT Program

CANYON, Texas—Officials have named two new members to the leadership team of the LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) WT program at West Texas A&M University.

Aaron Hunt, instructor of education, is the program’s new faculty director, and Kimberly Cornelsen, assistant director of recreational sports, has stepped in as the interim LEAD WT coordinator. Both Hunt and Cornelsen began their new duties with LEAD WT with the beginning of the spring semester.

LEAD WT is designed to help students develop leadership potential through coursework, student service and real world application. LEAD WT blends a variety of components throughout the two-year program to expand student potential. The program includes four credit hours in leadership courses as well as eight credit hours of approved courses within the student’s major. Real world application requirements include an approved internship as well as participation in six approved events that include an orientation, etiquette dinner, networking event and graduation reception.

Hunt joined the College of Education and Social Sciences in 2012. He serves as the director of accreditation for the Department of Education and teaches education research and classroom management. He is the author of several articles that focus on behavior supports, instructional leadership and school culture. He also has made numerous presentations on a spectrum of educational topics. Hunt earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish in 2001 from Texas Tech University, a M.Ed. in educational leadership from WTAMU in 2006 and is ABD for an Ed.D. in teacher leadership from Walden University. He loves teaching and is excited about the opportunity to develop leaders out of some of the best students at WTAMU.

Cornelsen joined the WTAMU staff in 2004. She is an IDS instructor for the University. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1996 and a master’s degree in 2006 from WTAMU.

The priority application deadline for the fall 2014-2016 cohort of LEAD WT is Monday, Feb. 3, and the final application deadline is Friday, Feb. 14. For more information about LEAD WT, visit wtamu.edu/lead or contact Cornelsen in the LEAD WT office at 806-651-4020.



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