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Concordia U. Announces 2014 Leadership in Education Awards

Feb. 4, 2014 event to honor Kay Toran, feature keynote speaker Sir Ken Robinson

PORTLAND, Ore. – September 4, 2013 –Kay D. Toran, president and CEO of Volunteers of America – Oregon will receive Concordia University’s 3rd Annual Gov. Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Award to be presented on Tues., Feb. 4, 2014 at the Portland Art Museum.

The event, sponsored by HotChalk Inc., inspires education innovation in the region and celebrates Concordia’s role in striving to prepare the region’s best teachers, while raising money for Concordia student scholarships. Proceeds also support “LaunchPad: Middle School Matters” at Faubion School. This collaborative STEM focused program is a core element of the Faubion-Concordia 3 to PhD™ initiative. LaunchPad has already improved reading and math scores at Faubion.

More than 600 people attended last year’s event, featuring Sal Khan of Khan Academy.

The 2014 keynote address will be delivered by Sir Ken Robinson, internationally recognized author, speaker and visionary cultural leader.

Sir Ken Robinson’s famous 2006 and 2010 TEDTalks at the prestigious TED Conference have been viewed more than 25 million times and seen by an estimated 250 million people in over 150 countries. His 2006 talk is the most viewed in TED’s history. His latest book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published in May.

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This year’s honoree, Kay Toran, has made significant contributions to improving the lives of Oregonians, working tirelessly to better the lives of the most vulnerable, marginalized and underserved members of our community. She has led Volunteers of America – Oregon as its president and CEO for the past 14 years, improving the lives of Oregon's children, families, and seniors through high-quality services. Ms. Toran currently serves on the board of the Oregon Education Investment Board, The ChalkBoard Project and the Oregon Community Foundation, among others.


Concordia University is a private, Lutheran, liberal arts university located in northeast Portland, Ore. with a mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society. Founded in 1905, Concordia University is Oregon’s fastest growing university, now serving more than 5,000 students on its campuses and online, through its College of Education, College of Health & Human Services, College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences, School of Management, and Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho. For more about Concordia University, visit and