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TYFY 2017 CONFERENCE September 20 - 22, 2017
Meet Our 2017 Keynote Speakers
Nooks came to MCC-Longview from Georgia Highlands College (GHC), where he served as both campus dean for the college’s Marietta campus and executive liaison for diversity initiatives. He served at GHC for four years, during which time campus enrollment increased by over 35%, academic and student services were expanded and the academic/office space allocation more than doubled. Prior to GHC, Nooks served in various leadership roles at Northern Virginia Community College, including dean of student services and assistant professor. Previously, he was director of the office of institutional initiatives and governance at Prince George’s Community College (Md.). Before transitioning to a career in higher education, Nooks worked as an engineering project manager at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center and as an account executive with a health benefits consulting company.
An engineer by training, Nooks has more than 20 years of experience in education, business and engineering. Throughout his career, he has helped institutions with major initiatives, including establishing and implementing a governance system, organizing and scaling up a national completion initiative, and developing a framework for faculty, staff and students to advance the institution’s learning organization aspirations. He has presented at national conferences on topics ranging from institutional governance models to the college completion agenda.
Nooks is active in the local community by serving as a Board Member with the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Saint Luke’s East Hospital, Truman Heartland Community Foundation, Civic Roundtable and the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council. He also serves on University of Missouri Kansas City School of Education’s Advisory Board and the Kansas City region’s GradForce KC and KC Rising initiatives. He holds additional memberships in other groups to include the Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit and the President’s/Chancellor’s Council with the Missouri Community College Association. On the national level, since 2015, Nooks has been chairing the premier senior executive level professional development program for African-American leaders in the community college - The Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership.
Nooks holds a doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) and an MBA in marketing and a bachelor of science in industrial management from Mercer University (Macon, Ga.). He is a graduate of the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership and a member of the inaugural cohort of the American Council on Education’s Spectrum Leadership Institute.
Nooks and his wife, Alison, reside in Lee’s Summit, MO with their three children.
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