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 Rob Edleston 

POSITION -- Since 2004, President and Chief Executive Officer of Manhattan Area Technical College, a public institution with 200% growth in eight years, located between Kansas State University, Fort Riley Army Base, and the future home of the National Bio and Agri-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.

PREVIOUS -- Associate Vice President of Workforce Development, Adult Education, Technical Education, and Information Technology (consecutively), and Instructor: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Southeast Arkansas College; Transition Training Program Director and Instructor, Foreman, Career Counselor, and Instructor, Liquid Oxygen Manufacturing Plant Manager, Apprentice Mortician,  Air Conditioning Shop Forman, Supervisor, and Technician, and Military Police Shift Leader, United States Air Force (20 years).

AFFILIATIONS -- Serves/d as President Kansas Association of Technical Colleges, member of AACC’s Commission on Economic and Workforce Development, Kansas Governor’s Appointee on Commission to Study/Reform Technical Education, member of the Manhattan Kansas Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Member of Junction City Kansas Chamber, Clay Center Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Wamego Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club International, Member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Peer Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

EDUCATION -- Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Arkansas Little Rock; MA, Counseling Services, Webster University; BS, Vocational Education Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale; AAS, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Community College of the Air Force; Certificate, USAF Leadership Academies; Certificate, Executive Leadership Institute, League for Innovation in the Community College.

OTHER -- Publications: “Traveling through the Land of Oz”: Teaching Qualitative Research, “Teachers Attitudes Toward the Use of Technology in the Classroom”, “The Use and Acceptance of Portfolio Development Credit at Two-Year Colleges”.  Presentations: Portfolio Development & Experiential Evaluation for Credit, Two-Year College Internships:  Connecting Companies to Candidates, Workforce Development; the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Traveling through the Land of Oz: Teaching Qualitative Research, Working with Arkansas Employers to Develop Skilled Employees, Careers in Manufacturing: Recreating Southeast Arkansas’ Workforce, Partnering with Business and Industry Using the General Technology Degree, Workforce Improvement: Working Together with B&I, Commencement Speaker: Department of Community Correction GED Graduation, Career Pathways 2004 Pilot Programs, The History of Workforce Development in Arkansas, Creating Competency-Based Curriculum,  Awarded: USAF Commendation Medal w/4 Oak Leaf Clusters, USAF Good Conduct Medal w/ 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Base-Wide NCO of the Year, Kirtland AFB, USAF Pacific Region Cryogenics NCO of the Year, and 2005 Educator of the Year.

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