WSSU's Valentine and Cooper, Elected Officers of Africa-Based Global Sustainability Management Organization

September 19, 2013

Dr. Peggy Valentine and Rev. Guila Cooper, of Winston-Salem State University's (WSSU) School of Health Sciences were recently elected officers, and other WSSU faculty and students presented at an international organization dedicated to global sustainability management in Namibia, Africa.
Valentine, dean of WSSU's School of Health Sciences (SOHS) was elected general chair and president and Cooper, SOHS director of alumni relations and development, was voted secretary of the Consortium for International Management, Policy and Development (CIMPAD) at its biennial conference in Windhoek, Namibia, Africa.  They will serve until 2015. 
Both Valentine and Cooper also presented at the pre-conference, sponsored and hosted by the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, in collaboration with the faculty of commerce, law and management at Witswaterand University.   Valentine presented on social cohesion and health.  Cooper presented on social cohesion and economy.  Other WSSU conference presenters were Dr. Wanda Lawrence, WSSU associate professor of adult health, and WSSU Doctor of Physical Therapy student Kristopher Williams 
The conference focused on sustainable development, and included workshops and presentations from professors, researchers and practitioners in the areas of business development, international trade, education, culture, youth, gender and development, health care, poverty, public policy, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community development, technology, sustainable development, and agriculture.
The mission of CIMPAD International Conference is to strengthen and promote public sector leadership and management in the sustainable development of communities. This mission is achieved via the exchange of research and knowledge, ideas and proposals, experiences and best practices among public/private professionals, NGO's and academicians.

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