Series connects Tech students with local professional leaders

The Department of Campus Life is hosting a Lunch with a Leader series throughout the fall and spring semesters. This is the second year the department has held the series of round table discussions that offer students a chance to engage with seasoned professionals from a variety of fields.

Director of Campus Life and event organizer Aubrey Holt said this is a great way to offer students the opportunity to meet someone who has found success in their professional field of interest and learn about their leadership style.

“No sign up is needed to attend the actual event,” Holt said. “Just show up and participate in the conversation. Lunch is served on a first come, first served basis.”

Guest speakers this fall include Pope County Judge Jim Ed Gibson at 11 a.m. on Sept. 24, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 and a panel of local African American business owners at 12 p.m. on Nov. 2.

All of the fall lunches will be held in Doc Bryan 242. Speakers will discuss a brief history of their professional career, detail the duties of their current position, discuss their philosophy on leadership and answer questions from the audience.

One guest speaker or panel will speak each month. Fall 2015: September, October and November. Spring 2016: February, March and April.

The first round table discussion in fall 2014 featured Susie Nicholson, VP of Student Services; Dr. John Watson, VP of Academic Affairs; and Dr. Robin Bowen, President.

Last spring featured Jeff Pipkin, President of the Russellville Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Mary Gunter, Dean of the College of Education and the Graduate College; and Amy Pennington, Dean of Students.

For more information or to suggest a future speaker, please contact Aubrey Holt, Director of Campus Life at 479-968-0276 or or visit

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