Hughes awarded scholarship on behalf of the APPA Institute for Facilities Management Leadership Academy


Headshot - LaKitha HughesLa’Kitha Hughes, associate director for Facilities and Construction Management has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) Institute for Facilities Management Leadership Academy. This is the second award from the APPA for Hughes in two years.

“When I received the email notification that I had been selected as a recipient for a scholarship from SRAPPA (Southeastern Regional Association of Physical Plant Administrators), I was overwhelmed with gratefulness and excitement especially during these times of uncertainty due to COVID-19,” says Hughes.

SRAPPA is one of the six regional organizations under APPA (Association of Physical Plant Administrators) that consist of members from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Mexican states of Campeche, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, and Yucatan.

“Being chosen as one of the scholarship recipients from a large pool of applicants across the country is truly an honor,” says Hughes. “As a fifteen-year employee with JSU, my experience in the Department of Facilities and Construction Management has equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills in this area. Working with a great team has been rewarding and we are able to learn from each other daily.”

The SRAPPA Board voted on the successful recipients, based on the following criteria:

  • Background
  • Special achievements, awards or career-related volunteer work
  • Career and educational goals
  • Leadership
  • Potential for upward mobility

“This scholarship award will allow me to attend Level II of the Leadership Academy through APPA University. I was able to complete Level I of the Leadership Academy in January 2019.  It is my hope to graduate from the Leadership Academy by completing all four levels that focus on different leadership approaches within an organization as well as personal leadership/management styles,” says Hughes.

She continued, “This award will strengthen my knowledge about facility best practices as well as team concepts within the unit that will produce positive results for the facility unit as well as our faculty, staff, and students.”

In an effort to distribute scholarships evenly over the SRAPPA region, only one successful applicant per institution is awarded each year. SRAPPA will pay the cost of tuition and reimburse $1,000 toward travel expenses.

To learn more about the upcoming sessions for the APPA Institute for Facilities Management and the Leadership Academy, please click on the links below: