Ms. Leota Marks
Leota M. Marks was born and raised in Kansas City Kansas. She is a graduate of Washington High School in Kansas City Kansas. She holds a BA Degree in Personnel Administration from the University of Kansas and a Master’s Degree in Management from Baker University.
Mrs. Marks’ employment with Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) began in August, 2000 when she was hired as the Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action. In 2003, she was promoted to Dean of Human Resources/Affirmative Action.
While assigned to the Human Resources Department, Mrs. Marks was responsible for supervising all matters of employment, and assuring compliance with college policies. She was also responsible for ensuring the college’s compliance with state and federal laws pertaining to Equal Employment Opportunity. She was designated as the College’s Title IX Compliance Officer.
Mrs. Marks revised the college’s Handbook of Policies and Procedures twelve (12) times, and led the department in the conversion from paper employment applications to Applicant Stack, an electronic job application program.
Mrs. Marks was responsible for Multicultural Education and Diversity Training of the faculty and staff of KCKCC. Under her leadership, numerous professional development programs were held for faculty and staff. Human Resources training programs included College Development Days, Legal Training for Supervisors, and annual Sexual Harassment Training.
Signature Human Resources community programs were the Women’s History Month Recognition Program, the 911 Observation March and Program, and Transportation Coordination for the Extreme Makeover Home Edition television show’s KCK Project. Also, Mrs. Marks and the HR Staff volunteered many hours of their time preparing local high school and KCKCC students for job interviews with mock interview sessions.
Mrs. Marks taught Human Resources Management as an Adjunct at KCKCC, and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Her career in the field of Human Resources spans over the last 30 years. Prior to her employment at KCKCC she worked in Human Resources Management positions for the Economic Opportunity Foundation (EOF), Hunt Midwest Enterprises, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bendix Corporation. She also formerly owned a small business in the fashion industry.
In February, 2014 Mrs. Marks assumed the position of Dean of Academic Workforce Programs (TEC).
Mrs. Marks' memberships include Delta Sigma Theta Public Service Sorority, Inc. (Kansas City Missouri Alumnae Chapter), where she served in leadership working with Cotillion, the sorority’s college scholarship program. She is also a member of the Kansas Citians Social Club, the Kansas City Kansas Chapter of the NAACP, and the Kansas City Kansas Women's Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Marks was a graduate of Leadership 2000 Class XXI. She is a board member for the Kansas City Kansas Shepherd’s Center, and an active member of First A.M.E. Church where she serves as a church officer.
At KCKCC, Mrs. Marks has served on the College Senate, Administrative Negotiation Team, Strategic Planning Committee, and as a member and event Co-Chair for the Intercultural Council. In addition, she has served as a mentor in the Educational Enhancement Program at KCKCC and the Biz-Fest Entrepreneurial Training and Scholarship Competition.
Mrs. Marks’ past honors include: Volunteer of the Year Award from the Full Employment Council, Employee Service Recognitions from the Economic Opportunity Foundation and Hunt Midwest Enterprises, Woman of the Year in Business from the Friends of Yates Branch, Kansas City Kansas, The African American Student Union Woman of Excellence Award, the Freedom and Peace Award from the Ralph Bunche Society and Students for Global Peace, and the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) Award for Excellence.