Debbie Hagenmaier, assistant director of conferences and noncredit programs, has received the 2014 John L. Christopher Outstanding Leadership Award for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association Central Region.
The award was presented at the association’s 2014 Central Region conference in Denver, Colorado.
The John L. Christopher Outstanding Leadership Award is given to a current professional member of the association who has exhibited outstanding leadership and service within the central region. Criteria include committee activity, conference activity, promotion of the association at the institutional, state and regional levels and commitment to adult and continuing education.
Hagenmaier provides leadership and support for K-State conferences services, including coordination and management of annual conference and noncredit activities for the College of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and other university and external partners.
As assistant director, Hagenmaier also provides staff development for program coordinators within the conferences and noncredit programs unit. She ensures that new and seasoned staff members continue to grow and be challenged within their roles.
“Debbie Hagenmaier is a very valued team member from the conferences and noncredit programs unit at Kansas State University,” said Jeff Wolfe, director of the unit. “She is a strong team leader who has earned the respect of those who work with her on a daily basis within K-State Global Campus and from her colleagues across campus who have benefited from her skills while coordinating successful conferences.”
In addition to her responsibilities and activities in the K-State community, Hagenmaier has served as a leader in association’s central region. She has been secretary, chair-elect and chair, and currently serves as regional past chair. She also has served on the planning committee for the association’s Central Region Conference.
Hagenmaier is active in promoting continuing education. She is a member of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors International and serves on the advisory board for K-State’s Center for Engagement and Community Development.