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MCLA’S LEADERSHIP ACADEMY ANNOUNCES AWARD-WINNING ALUMNI SPEAKER


July 19, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Leadership Academy announces the program will welcome Leadership Academy alumnus Thomas E. Kachadurian ’12 to campus to speak this Friday, July 21, in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, room 121, at 10:45 a.m.
 
Kachadurian, who has served for the past five years as the associate principal at South Colonie Central High School in Albany, N.Y., will discuss his experience as a school leader and share what he has learned since his time at MCLA.
 
His presentation will include a slide show, “So You Think You Want to be an Administrator?” It will focus on Kachadurian’s journey as an educator, as well as the limitless potential for educational leaders who are committed to their students’ advancement and equality for all.
 
This event free and open to the public, but requires an RSVP to Dr. Daniel Rapp, MCLA education professor, at (413) 662-5197 or D.Rapp@mcla.edu.
 
Kachadurian earned his Master of Science in Administration and School Building Leader (SBL) Licensure from MCLA in July 2012, through the College’s Leadership Academy program. He previously completed his Master of Arts degree in secondary English education in 1999 at SUNY-Albany, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in writing, from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., in 1998.
 
Kachadurian is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including Capital Communications Federal Credit Union’s (CAP COM) 2017 Distinguished Educator of the Year, the School Administrators Association of New York State’s (SAANYS) Associate Principal of the Year in 2017, Albany County’s Citizen of the Month in October 2015, the Hero for Hope Award from the American Cancer Society in 2014, and the Capital District YMCA Educator of the Year award in 2009.
 
He previously was a keynote speaker for Albany County’s Anti-bullying Task Force in 2015, for the “‘Making Strides against Breast Cancer’ Kick-off Dinner” in 2014, and for the “Capital District YMCA Educator of the Year” Ceremony in 2010.
 
The goal of MCLA’s Leadership Academy is to prepare future leaders of educational institutions to shape visions based on equity and justice, and to create communities that honor diversity, sanctuary, and resilience.
 
For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Rapp, (413) 662-5197, or D.Rapp@mcla.edu .
 
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.
 
For more information, go to www.mcla.edu.