College of Education alum Kimmons to speak Monday on ‘Importance of a Quality Education’

Willie J. Kimmons
Willie J. Kimmons

NIU College of Education alum Willie J. Kimmons will return to campus Monday, Sept. 27, for a 3 p.m. speech in Altgeld Hall Room 315.

Kimmons is the inaugural speaker in the college’s Community Learning Series, presented in partnership with the NIU Alumni Association. He will speak on “The Importance of a Quality Education: Life and Career Choices for Young Adults.”

A nationally recognized educator, author and speaker, Kimmons earned an M.S.Ed. in physical education and an Ed.D. in educational administration from NIU.

Over his 37 years in the educational field, he has served with distinction and dedication to several colleges as president, chancellor, vice president, dean and associate dean. His latest publication is “A Parenting Guidebook: The Roles of School, Family, Teachers, Religion, Community, Local, State and Federal Government in Assisting Parents with Rearing Their Children.”

Monday’s event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. 

The Community Learning Series (CLS) is one of the first operational initiatives to result from the College of Education’s strategic plan. It is designed to engage the NIU community, our alumni and retirees and interested individuals in the local and regional communities. 

The CLS is specifically related to these strategic planning goals in the College of Education:

Goal No. 1 – Students

  • Subgoal 1-1. Continuously improve our teaching, advising, intervention and retention strategies

Goal No. 2 – Diversity

  • Subgoal 2-2. Increase the recruitment, retention and completion rate of students of diverse backgrounds.
  • Subgoal 2-3. Increase the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.
  • Subgoal 2-4. Engage in diversity in our curriculum, scholarly and artistic endeavors, and daily operations.

Goal No. 3 – Engagement

  • Subgoal 3-3. Involve practitioners in ensuring high standards, relevant programs and job-ready graduates.
  • Subgoal 3-4. Think regionally, nationally, and globally in our partnerships and collaborations.

Goal No. 4 – Innovation

  • Subgoal 4-5. Work with graduates, alumni, and the community for innovative and creative ventures.

Goal No. 5 – Culture

  • Subgoal 5-5. Engage our alumni in the life of the college.
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