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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Oct. 10, 2013

Veteran educator to present Oct. 22 Ploghoft Diversity Lecture

Dr. Debbie Psychoyos

Dr. Debbie Psychoyos

Dr. Debbie Psychoyos, a veteran educator and founder and CEO of ProEd Foundation, will be the featured speaker for Northwest Missouri State University’s Ploghoft Diversity Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. It is free and open to the public.

Psychoyos has been an educator for 30 years and is dedicated to influencing a culture of learning in all schools. She has experience working with teachers, administrators and nonprofit family assistant organizations in the United States and abroad. In 2012, Psychoyos earned her doctoral degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA), an acknowledged Carnegie Foundation program.

She founded ProEd Foundation, a nonprofit organization, in 2001 for the purpose of supporting and advancing public and private education in the Republic of Panama.

In 2004, Psychoyos earned Woman of the Year in Education and since then has been nominated for other awards including AVON’s Woman of the Year and HEROES for Panama.

“Dr. Psychoyos has a multitude of experience in meeting the needs of diverse learners,” said Dr. Nissa Ingraham, assistant professor of professional education. “People will love her charismatic personality along with her even-tempered enthusiasm for helping our students.”

The Ploghoft Diversity Lecture series is funded through the generosity of Dr. Milton Ploghoft of Athens, Ohio, and his late wife Zella Ploghoft. Dr. Ploghoft, a 1949 Northwest alumnus, is professor emeritus at Ohio University. Mrs. Ploghoft, who passed away in June 2010, completed her elementary and secondary education at Horace Mann Laboratory School at Northwest. Dr. Ploghoft authored a number of textbooks in the social studies and lived abroad for many years, founding the College of Education in Kano, Nigeria, lecturing at Saigon University and leading the university’s international programs in such disparate places as Chile, Cameroun, Botswana, the Yucatan, Swaziland and in what was then South Vietnam. In 1992, he became the founding editor of the African Education Research Network.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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