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Peers Select Gateway Urban Center Director for Professional Recognition

Mallis Graves, director of the Gateway Community & Technical College Urban Center in Covington, has been selected by her peers at Gateway for recognition as the colleges outstanding administrative staff member for 2012.

Graves was among 50 of her colleagues in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to be honored for leadership and significant achievements.
Being nominated by ones peers for New Horizons recognition is the highest honor an employee can receive within the system, said Gateway President/CEO Ed Hughes. Mallis exemplifies the quality and excellence in leadership found in administrative staff levels at Gateway and across KCTCS. Mallis is among a core of outstanding leaders who will provide leadership for the college in the future.

Graves officially joined Gateway in 2008 as coordinator of the Urban Learning Center when the college assumed the centers management. The ULC originally operated as a partnership among three urban school districts, three local colleges and several non-profit organizations. She had joined the ULC in 2004 as a counselor and assistant director.
She assumed the role of director in 2010. Graves managed the relocation of the Urban Center from a 8,000-square-foot facility on Covingtons Levassor Avenue to an 81,000-square-foot, renovated former middle school building in the heart of Covington.

Managing the relocation over spring break, rapidly expanding programs and further integrating the Urban Center into the college required great administrative skill, which Mallis displayed, Hughes added.

In three academic years, the UC has increased course offerings by sevenfold (from 20 to more than 140), and enrollment has grown to more than 1,100 students, a rise of more than 1,000 percent. During the same period, Graves oversaw the development of the Gateway College Access Center at Holmes High School to help the school increase college-going rates. Under her leadership, the GCAC team delivered a program that has moved college-going rates among program participants from 60 percent to 95 percent.

Gateway and KCTCS are fortunate to have such an outstanding leader among our ranks, Hughes concluded.

Graves received the award at a ceremony in Louisville May 14 during the systems annual New Horizons professional development conference.