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Nationally Renowned Educator Comes Home to KU

February 6, 2014

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Nationally renowned educator Linda Cliatt-Wayman will present a public lecture on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium in the McFarland Student Union.  Cliatt-Wayman is principal of Strawberry Mansion High School in one of Philadelphia's toughest neighborhoods.

A 1983 graduate of Kutztown University, she served as assistant superintendent for all 52 high schools in Philadelphia from 2010 to 2012. In 2013, she left in order to heed a personal calling, returning to the neighborhood where she grew up and leading the merger of three rival neighborhood high schools. During the merger Strawberry Mansion was slated for closure.  With her leadership skills, hard work and some community support she was successful in keeping the school open. 

Her efforts to establish Strawberry Mansion as a safe and academic institution for learning were featured in an emotional three-part series on ABC's "Nightline" and "World News Tonight" which prompted financial support from around the nation. (View Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

Cliatt-Wayman served as a keynote speaker at the 2013 Pennsylvania Conference for Women and Massachusetts Conference for Women.   She was named the 2014 Trailblazer of the Year by Philadelphia Magazine.

Cliatt-Wayman spent more than 20 years in the classroom and holds a master's degree from St. Joseph's University.

This event is sponsored by the Multicultural Center, Department of Education, Women's Center, Career Development Center, Commission on the Status of Minorities and Women and the KU Foundation and Alumni Association.