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Former Texas Educator Assumes Lead Role at UCM-Lee’s Summit

By Jeff Murphy, November 30, 2015

WARRENSBURG, MO - Lisa London, a resident of Fairway, Kan., who has more than 13 years of success in educational program development and university administration in Texas, has been named Director of UCM-Lee’s Summit, the University of Central Missouri’s extended campus facility serving the Kansas City metropolitan area.  She begins her duties Nov. 30.

“We look forward to having Dr. London serve in this key leadership role,” said Laurel Hogue, vice provost for extended studies. “Her many years of higher education experience, along with proven success in relationship development, are exactly what we need for UCM-Lee’s Summit to continue on a path for successful growth and service in the metro area.”

London has a passion for career and technical education with a wide variety of experiences and knowledge. This includes her most recent position as associate vice president for the Division for Enterprise Development at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she played a key role in expanding the local and global outreach for the institution. In this capacity from 2004 to 2015, she led a team of approximately 125 employees and 250 instructors, contractors, and subject matter experts who deliver workforce training and technical solutions supporting both private and public organizations in Texas and across the globe.

London began her career in higher education with the Texas Engineering Extension Service, which was one of Texas’ largest workforce development agencies and a member of the Texas A&M University System. She served from 2001-2004 as program manager for the OSHA Training Institute Education Center, where she developed an online youth curriculum for the OSHA Outreach Program that reached more than 500,000 young workers since its inception.

Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy (Sustainability) from The University of Texas at Arlington; Master of Divinity from Texas Christian University-Fort Worth, Texas; and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Natural Science) from the College of the Southwest in Hobbs, N.M.

With more than 2,300 students enrolled this fall, UCM-Lee’s Summit, 850 NW Chipman Road, serves as the university's residence center for educational opportunities in the Kansas City region. The facility offers nine graduate programs and seven undergraduate degree completion programs for students transferring from a community college.

At the undergraduate level, UCM-Lee’s Summit offers degree completion programs in child and family development, criminal justice, general studies, management, nursing, psychology, and social work. Graduate students have opportunities in areas such as business administration, computer information systems, computer science, counselor education, education, occupational safety management, and social work.

Being a good education partner in Lee’s Summit also means reaching out to the metropolitan area to provide other programs that meet specific workforce needs. UCM-Lee’s Summit works with a number of businesses and industries in the metropolitan area to provide professional development opportunities for employees. The university offers certificate or certification programs in different subject areas to help existing employees improve their job skills, and possibly move up the career ladder or prepare for new careers.


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