Dean of Continuing Education wins prestigious adult educator award

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Barbara Calhoun wins ‘Outstanding Adult Educator in Georgia’ award KENNESAW, Ga….

Georgia (Mar 17, 2011)Barbara Calhoun wins ‘Outstanding Adult Educator in Georgia’ award

KENNESAW, Ga. – (March 17, 2011) — Barbara Calhoun, dean of continuing education at KSU, won the Outstanding Adult Educator in Georgia award at the Georgia Adult Education Association (GAEA) conference. The GAEA award recognizes extraordinary long-term contributions to the field of continuing education and is the association’s most prestigious recognition for professional accomplishment.

“I was surprised and thrilled to receive the award,” Calhoun said. “It was a really good feeling to be recognized by my peers, so many of whom were just as deserving of the same recognition.”

Calhoun has worked in the field of adult education for more than 25 years, and she is a past president of GAEA. Through her leadership at KSU, the College of Continuing and Professional Education has doubled the size of its student base since 1995. With approximately 23,000 student registrations each year, the college is one of KSU’s largest community outreach efforts, according to Calhoun.

In mid-1990s, KSU became the first university in Georgia to offer non-credit classes in an online environment. Under Calhoun’s leadership, the college has worked on global initiatives, such as creating international training programs in five Eastern European countries, establishing a southern training base for China and developing and delivering training for female Afghani delegates working to gain leadership positions in their country after 9/11.

“Every time we work with groups like this, we create friendships and strong, healthy connections between the U.S. and the global community,” Calhoun said.


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