Decker Represents Gateway Community and Technical College at Statewide Leadership Conference

Amber Decker, director of grants and contracts for Gateway Community and Technical College, has been selected to represent the comprehensive two-year college at the 11th annual statewide Presidents Leadership Seminar of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Seminar participants are nominated from each of the KCTCS 16 community and technical colleges by their college presidents; KCTCS President Michael B. McCall makes the final selection.

Amber was nominated in recognition of her growing and valuable involvement as Gateways director of grants and contracts, said G. Edward Hughes, Gateway president/CEO. Nearly 30 percent of Gateways annual revenues comes from grants and contracts, so her role in helping secure many of those is pivotal to our ability to serve students.

Decker joined Gateway in 2000 as director of adult education. She assumed her present position in 2007. She earned a bachelors degree in journalism from Northern Kentucky University and a masters degree in human resource development from the University of Louisville. She is currently a doctoral candidate in community college leadership at the University of Kentucky.

This weeks seminar, conducted by KCTCS President McCall, promotes and strengthens leadership traits among KCTCS faculty and staff in an effort to advance the professionalism of the states community and technical colleges, as well as each participants personal and professional goals. This unique professional development experience explores such broad-ranging issues as leadership traits, national issues and trends, professionalism, media relations and customer service.

"This annual leadership program offers select faculty and staff a unique experience to learn from the top community college experts in the nation. It is designed to not only enhance participant skills, but also to create strong KCTCS leadership for the future, said Dr. McCall.