Lomotey named Bardo Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership

Kofi Lomotey, a scholar who has served as a teacher, principal, tenured professor, department head, provost and chancellor, has been named Western Carolina University’s first Chancellor John Bardo and Deborah Bardo Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership.

Kofi Lomotey

Kofi Lomotey

WCU’s Board of Trustees confirmed Lomotey’s appointment to the faculty at its September meeting.

“In addition to his significant leadership experience, Dr. Lomotey is an active scholar with an enviable record of publications,” said Dale Carpenter, interim dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions. “His skills and background are already at work providing instruction and guidance to our students in the Executive EdD (Doctor of Education) Program in Educational Leadership.”

Lomotey comes to WCU from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, where he was a senior fellow. His leadership roles in higher education include service as chancellor at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La.; executive vice president and provost at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn.; president and professor at Fort Valley State University in Georgia; senior vice president, vice president and provost at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y.; department chair at Louisiana State University; and program coordinator at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

As a scholar, Lomotey has edited books such as the “Handbook on Urban Education,” which is scheduled for release in November, and the “Encyclopedia of African American Education, Volumes I and II.” His dozens of articles include “The President and Chief Academic Officer” for the AASCU journal Public Purpose, “Inner City Education in Times of Transition: The Journal, Urban Education, 46 Years Young” for Urban Education, and “The Crisis in Pre-Collegiate Urban Education: Selected Aspects” for the Journal of Research in Education.

In addition, he is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Negro Education and Educational Researcher, and is the national secretary and treasurer of The Council of Independent Black Institutions.

Awards honoring his leadership, service and research include the 2012 Presidential Citation from the American Educational Research Association, the 2009 Extra Mile Award from the Compact for Faculty Diversity of the Southern Regional Education Board and the 2005 Leadership Award from the Fort Valley State University Office of the Dean of Students.

Lomotey’s educational background includes a master’s degree and doctorate in educational administration and policy analysis from Stanford University, a master’s degree in education from Cleveland State University and a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in black studies from Oberlin College.

At WCU, Lomotey will work directly with a recently redesigned executive doctoral program developed to prepare senior-level educational leaders to address complex problems.

“I found the re-energized executive EdD program to be unique, innovative, exciting and well-positioned to make a significant impact on school leader development in the state and region,” said Lomotey. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in producing outstanding educational leaders for North Carolina’s K-12 schools and community colleges.”

Kathleen Topolka-Jorissen, associate professor and director of the Executive EdD Program in Educational Leadership, said WCU will benefit from Lomotey’s expertise particularly in urban school leadership and that he will be a tremendous asset “not only in what he can offer our students but also in the perspectives he brings that can help the program faculty with development and evaluation.”

The Bardo Distinguished Professorship was established at WCU through a gift from the C.D. Spangler Foundation, which named the professorship in 2009 in honor of John Bardo, who served WCU as chancellor for 16 years, and his wife, Deborah.

For more information, contact Lomotey at 828-227-3323 or klomotey@wcu.edu.