Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 15, 2011  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

Dr. Aaron Thompson, senior vice president for academic affairs at the Council on Postsecondary Education, presented two keynote addresses at the Education Conference at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA), University of Applied Sciences, in the Netherlands recently.

Thompson is a leading authority on student success and diversity. Conference planners tapped him because of his specialized expertise and their need to promote student success in a multicultural and global environment. No state funds were used to pay for the trip.

“This is an exceptional honor for Dr. Thompson and for Kentucky. It is particularly gratifying that the caliber of our staff and our efforts to promote student success are being recognized both nationally and internationally,” said Council President Bob King.

Thompson’s keynote session was titled “From Diversity Awareness to Cultural Competence.” Thompson also was a guest lecturer at the School of Sports and Nutrition. Conference participants included all university faculty, staff and students.

One of the outcomes of Thompsons’s participation was that senior administrators of the school plan to work out arrangements with Kentucky universities for exchange programs in the areas of education, physical education, sports management and nutrition.

HvA is one of the largest institutes for higher professional education in the Netherlands.


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Last Updated 4/15/2011