Hicks receives Dynamic Leadership 1 honor from Toastmasters International



JSU alumnus Derrick Hicks receives Dynamic Leadership 1 honor from Toastmaster International. He is a member of the JSU club on campus. (Photo by D’Artagnan Winford.)

JSU alumnus Derrick Hicks has earned the status of Dynamic Leadership 1 from Toastmasters International. Toastmasters International is the U.S. headquartered non-profit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of promoting communication, public speaking and leadership.

Recently, Hicks completed his master’s degree in public policy and administration from JSU. He accredits his academic program for assisting him with this Toastmasters honor.

“Honestly, I feel as if Toastmasters International was only a part of my process. Earning a MPPA degree was more essential to me during this process,” says Hicks. “The program presented me with countless scenarios and created an environment where I had to think critically about decisions and their short and long-term impacts while being analyzed by seasoned professionals. This was more valuable in my growth process.”

He emphasized that JSU has a Toastmaster club on campus available for students. The club is managed by Dr. Ester Stokes who is a professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration. Individuals that are interested should contact Dr. Stokes at ester.w.stokes@jsums.edu.