Prater Selected to Attend Executive Academy


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Dr. Loretta Prater


July 19, 2010 – Dr. Loretta Prater, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast Missouri State University, has been selected to participate in the 2010-2011 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy.

The Institute is inspired by the Delta Regional Authority’s three goals: advance the productivity and economic competitiveness of the Delta workforce; strengthen the Delta’s physical and digital connections to the global economy; and create critical mass within Delta communities.

Prater was chosen by Gov. Jay Nixon to represent the state of Missouri in the exclusive academy’s fifth class. The Executive Academy is a year-long professional development experience for regional leaders. The states involved with the Delta Regional Authority are Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

The experience starts in September and ends in June 2011. Throughout that time, Prater will attend five meetings hosted my prominent speakers over topics such as health, education, information technology and education.

Initiated by the Delta Regional Authority, the purpose of the Institute is to expose chosen leaders to the the challenges of the 21st century and prepare them to make a direct impact on their communities and states.  At the academy, leaders will collaborate to solve “real-world” problems faced by regional leaders. 

The program’s success is based on the leaders returning to regional communities and sharing their training at a local level.  Once Prater has finished the program, she is expected to facilitate incorporating a regional development strategy into community building and seek opportunities to work on important Delta Regional Authority projects.