Kofi Lomotey, the Chancellor John Bardo and Deborah Bardo Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, recently received the 2023 Distinguished Contributions to Social Contexts in Education Research Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association.
Dr. Lomotey notes mentoring and teaching as his greatest contributions to his field. “In addition to providing a role model as an administrator over the years, one of my most significant contributions is the mentoring that I do with students, faculty, and other administrators. That’s one of my greatest joys aside from actually teaching in the classroom,” he said. “I take groups to Ghana in West Africa every year. I’ve interacted with a number of young people over there who I’ve stayed in contact with as a mentor. Mentoring is very important to me and teaching is also very important to me.”
Dr. Lomotey has been a faculty member at Western Carolina University since 2013. He is the former chancellor of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and former president of Fort Valley State University in Georgia.
Professor Lomotey holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Oberlin College in Ohio, a master of education in curriculum and instruction from Cleveland State University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in education administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.