Keynote Speakers


Dr. Eric Clark, Executive Director of the MS Community College Board

Dr. Eric Clark, Executive Director of the Mississippi Community College Board will deliver the keynote address at the 2nd Annual LEC Connects conference to be held on February 21, 2012.  Dr. Clark began his tenure in January 2008. He previously served for twelve years as the Mississippi Secretary of State and sixteen years as a member of the Mississippi Legislature.

He attended Jones County Junior College and received a bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College, a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi, and a doctorate in history from Mississippi State University. Dr. Clark taught history and government at Jones for seven and a half years and also at Mississippi College for five and a half years.

Eric Clark is a member of the Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Farm Bureau, Mississippi Forestry Association, and Mississippi Historical Society. He was also awarded the Mississippi Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Legislator of the Year for his efforts to preserve natural lands on the Gulf Coast. He was twice awarded the Mississippi Nature Conservancy’s Public Service Award. He is also a Certified Public Manager.          

He currently serves on the Boards for the Jobs for Mississippi Graduates, the State Workforce Investment Board, the Mississippi Technology Alliance, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and on the Advisory Council of Mississippi Economic Council’s Blueprint Mississippi 2011.


Director for Educational Environments at Steelcase Solutions Dr. Lennie Scott-Webber, Director for Educational Environments at Steelcase Solutions, will deliver the keynote at lunch. “Dr. Lennie” guides the research, education, and design applications for the SES group. Her expertise is focused on environments for sharing knowledge – higher education and corporate learning centers. Her philosophy incorporates the generation and integration of her research and others to inform design resolutions intentionally.

As an environment behaviorist her research centers on how the built environment impacts behavior, particularly educational scenarios. Formally, she held positions as: Professor and Chair of the Department of Interior Design & Fashion, and Director of the iLAB Research Center at Radford University, Radford, VA; Chair of The School of Interior Design at Ryerson University, Toronto, ON; Director of Applications Research for Vecta a Steelcase Design Partnership Company, Grand Prairie, TX; faculty member at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA; owning and operating her own full service interior design firms in both Canada and the United States. Her book, Insync: Environmental Behavior Research and the Design of Learning Spaces, exemplifies her belief that research generates and informs design decisions.

Her new book, Design decoded: A journey of discovery finding your authentic design self...your design voice is currently available. As a researcher, she has over 40 publications to her credit, is a peer reviewer for the new on-line journal, Learning environments, was an Associate Editor for The Journal Planning for Higher Education as published by the Society for College and University Planning, and is a frequent guest speaker at national and international forums.