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Leadership Institute at Purdue University Northwest appoints assistant director

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Mekisha Neal
Mekisha Neal

Mekisha Neal is the new assistant director of the Leadership Institute at Purdue University Northwest.

Neal most recently served as greater Chicago regional director for the Boston-based non-profit Summer Advantage USA. She will oversee the expansion of the institute’s role in leadership development in Northwest Indiana.

“It is a real pleasure to announce that Mekisha Neal, an experienced educator and non-profit leader, has joined our dedicated team at the Leadership institute at Purdue Northwest,” said Sheila Brillson Matias, executive director of the Leadership Institute and Society of Innovators at PNW. “She brings her passion for education and her community engagement experience to PNW (and) with program design expertise gained from years as both a CPS classroom teacher, program manager and director of programs at Summer Advantage USA, Mekisha brings a wealth of knowledge, business acumen and leadership experience which will make our team even more innovative, responsive and robust.”

Neal looks forward to her new role.

“It is an honor to join the Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest,” Neal said. “I am looking forward to working with this amazing team and my colleagues at Purdue Northwest to bring empowering leadership development opportunities to youth, college students, business leaders and community stakeholders.”

Rachel Clapp-Smith, academic director of the Leadership institute at PNW, said Neal’s experience in youth programming complements nicely the Leadership Institute’s range of programs.

“She also has practiced leadership in contexts that will greatly benefit the participants across our many leadership development programs,” Clapp-Smith said. “I’m looking forward to our leadership journey together, which I know will be inspiring and engaging.”


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