Leadership is focus of 2013 Baker Lecture


BOWLING GREEN, O.—“Leading the Way to Healthier Communities: How Leadership Can Strengthen Public Health” is the topic for the 14th annual Ned E. Baker Lecture in Public Health on April 4.

Drs. Judy Jackson May and Patrick Pauken, associate professors in the Educational Administration and Leadership Studies program at Bowling Green State University, will present this year’s lecture from 4-5:30 p.m. in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union at BGSU. A reception will follow the lecture.

May, who is the doctoral program coordinator of Educational Administration and Leadership Studies, teaches leadership theories and teacher and administrative preparation courses. As the northwest region manager for the Ohio School Boards Association, she serves as the liaison between Columbus and more than 700 school board members in a 20-country region. She created an educational consulting group that specializes in working with underperforming school districts in leadership development, strategic planning and the transformation process. She has authored and co-authored 13 journal articles and book chapters as well as a book entitled “Chalk Talk: A Survival Guide for Beginning Educators.” In 2008, she was presented the Phenomenal Woman Award at BGSU.

Pauken teaches courses in school law, higher education law, special education law and moral and ethical leadership. In addition to his faculty position, he also serves as secretary to the BGSU Board of Trustees and vice provost for governance and faculty relations. He works closely with the student, staff and faculty governance groups and serves as lead negotiator for the administration’s collective bargaining team with the BGSU Faculty Association. Pauken has published in numerous journals and is co-author of the book “Law, Policy, and Higher Education.” He is a member of the Ohio Bar and is of counsel in the firm McGown & Markling Co., L.P.A., of Akron.

The lecture is named in honor of Ned Baker, a Bowling Green resident who served on the Wood County Board of Health for 12 years, including two terms as president. He is a 1954 BGSU graduate and was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Public Health degree in December 2009. In April 2010, Baker was named one of BGSU’s 100 Most Prominent Alumni. He also was a founder of the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH).

For those unable to attend the lecture, it is available to the public by Webcast at http://wbgu.org/baker. Questions for the speakers may be emailed to baker@bgsu.edu.

Continuing Education has been approved for social workers and counselors, nursing home administrators, nurses and sanitarians.

For specifics about the continuing education or for additional information about the lecture, visit the lecture website at http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/hhs/page72205.html or contact Jennifer Wagner at baker@bgsu.edu or 419-372-7773.

Sponsoring the lecture are BGSU’s Center of Excellence for Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan, the College of Health and Human Services, and the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health in partnership with NALBOH, and sponsored in part by the Cove Charitable Trust of Boston and the Wood County Hospital Foundation.

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(Posted March 29, 2013 )