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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Feb. 8, 2012

Northwest alumnus Todd Whitaker featured as part of Ploghoft Lecture Series

By Cynthia Creek, media assistant

Dr. Todd Whitaker

Dr. Todd Whitaker

Dr. Todd Whitaker, professor of educational leadership, administration, and foundations at Indiana State University, will share his life experiences at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the Charles Johnson Theater as part of Northwest Missouri State University's Ploghoft Diversity Lecture series.

Whitaker, a 1987 Northwest alumnus, is the author of "What Great Teachers Do Differently," a national best-seller discussing staff motivation, teacher leadership and principal effectiveness. He was also middle school coordinator in charge of staffing, curriculum and technology for the opening of new middle schools in Jefferson City.

The Ploghoft Diversity Lecture series is funded through the generosity of Dr. Milton and Zella Ploghoft of Athens, Ohio. Dr. Ploghoft, a 1949 Northwest alumnus, is professor emeritus at Ohio University, and Mrs. Ploghoft completed her elementary and secondary education at Horace Mann Laboratory School at Northwest.

The Ploghoft Diversity Lecture series is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series which is designed to enhance the academic environment through individual discipline and interdisciplinary topics. Supported by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Campus Activities, the series offers the Northwest and Maryville communities opportunities to hear from extraordinary individuals who come from around the globe. Scholars, world travelers and leaders in their fields visit the Northwest Campus to share their wisdom, insight and experiences.

The 2011-12 Distinguished Lecture Series continues with best-selling author T.C. Boyle, Wednesday, March 14.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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