Debbie Psychoyos, a Panamanian educator and founder/CEO of the ProEd Foundation, will deliver Northwest Missouri State University's Ploghoft Diversity Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Charles Johnson Theater on the Northwest campus.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Psychoyos, who holds a doctoral degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in educational leadership and policy analysis, founded the non-profit ProEd Foundation in 2001 with the goal of advancing public and private education in her native country.
In 2004 Psychoyos received the Woman of the Year in Education award and has also been nominated for Avon Central America's Woman of the Year award the HEROES for Panama award.
"Dr. Psychoyos has a multitude of experience in meeting the needs of diverse learners," said Nissa Ingraham, assistant professor of professional education at Northwest. "People will love her charismatic personality along with her even-tempered enthusiasm for helping our students."
The Ploghoft Diversity Lecture series was established by Northwest alumnus Milton Ploghoft and his late wife Zella Ploghoft.
A professor emeritus at Ohio University, Milton Ploghoft spent many years working and teaching abroad and was the founding editor of the African Education Research Network.