Moorthy, Weast recognized as 2008-09 Outstanding Professors

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Moorthy, Weast recognized as 2008-09 Outstanding Professors

April 14, 2009

Dr. Venkata Moorthy, professor of biology, and Kimberly Weast, associate professor of theatre, are two professors from Northwestern Oklahoma State University who have been recognized for their extraordinary efforts and achievements in education and have graduated from the Outstanding Professors’ Academy.

The Outstanding Professors’ Academy is hosted by the Educators’ Leadership Academy (ELA) at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. After completing several leadership sessions, these participants have become the 10th class to graduate from the Academy. There were 24 graduates this year.

“I learned a lot of things that I could use in my teaching profession as a professor of biology,” Moorthy said. “All the information that I gathered in this program are going to help me to apply leadership qualities in my profession effectively.”

“I enjoyed the sessions and have brought back to Northwestern some resources and tools that I plan to use,” Weast said. “I believe this academy experience can help me become a better leader and Fine Arts faculty member.”

ELA was founded on the notion of improving the quality of leadership training in education in the state of Oklahoma. The program offers exceptional leadership development for outstanding teachers and professors across Oklahoma, as well as superintendents, principals, career tech leaders and higher education administrators.

Beginning in September, members met for four day and a half sessions and completed the final session in March. The academy is facilitated by dynamic leaders on leadership, conflict management, spirituality and ethics in leadership and teams that succeed.

“I am very appreciative of the university’s administration for giving me this opportunity and recognition,” Weast said. “I am grateful for their investment in me as a professor.”

Both Moorthy and Weast are very appreciative for the university’s support and for the opportunity to be a part of this academy.