Arkansas Tech University formally dedicated its Center for Leadership and Learning Thursday morning.
During the ceremony, Dr. Robert C. Brown, Tech president, welcomed guests in attendance. According to Brown, the mission of the CLL is to equip teachers and administrators with the tools necessary to educate and provide opportunities for students to excel in the classroom.
Dr. Mary Gunter, dean of the Arkansas Tech Graduate College and director of the Center for Leadership and Learning, also addressed those in attendance.
“This facility and this center are not about us. It’s about the students we serve,” added Gunter. “The reason we work to provide additional opportunities for leaders in education is to ensure they will be visionaries in the schools. We must have leaders who have a vision and passion for the future and are able to think outside of the box.”
The vision of the Center for Leadership and Learning is to “develop leadership capacity at all levels for a future which continually redefines itself.”
The Arkansas Tech CLL offers post-graduate degrees that allow teachers to pursue careers as principals, curriculum leaders, superintendents and other positions within school administration. The CLL also houses the Arkansas Tech University Center for Executive Leadership and the Arkansas ASCD.
Other guests recognized during the ceremony included Arkansas legislators, the CLL Leader Board, members of the ASCD Board and members of the Center for Executive Leadership Board.
Arkansas Tech purchased the building in October 2008 and began renovations on the facility with the intent to house the CLL.
The facility has a large classroom and small classroom with distance learning capabilities. The facility also houses a conference room and faculty offices.