The Michael C. Holen Leader in Residence Award honors outstanding individuals who are exercising leadership in a range of organizational, professional and civic settings.  Recipients come to campus to share experiences and engage in rich and challenging conversations with our students and the Kansas State University community.  The award recipient exemplifies the Mary Lynn and Warren Staley School’s mission statement and the following tenets:

  • Service to the common good is the goal of leadership.
  • Leadership is a process and is not defined simply by position or authority.
  • Collaboration is the primary method of teaching and developing leadership.
  • Successful leaders are committed to and have the ability to engage in leadership with those of other backgrounds and cultures.

Originally named the “Lifetime Leadership Award,” the award was later dedicated in honor of Dean Michael C. Holen for his tremendous support of Leadership Studies, and then paired with the Leader-in-Residence initiative, originally sponsored by the Stephens family, to both honor outstanding leadership and bring leaders to campus in service to our students' learning. Mary Lynn and Warren Staley were the inaugural Michael C. Holen Leader in Residence recipients. 

2013 Recipient:


Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins is Managing Director of Humanitas Global Development (HGD), a Washington, DC based international development agency. Prior to HGD, Nabeeha served as Senior Vice President and Partner at global communications firm, Fleishman-Hillard. She directed the public health practice and formed the firm’s international development practice of 90+ members, FH Global Aid. In 2003 she joined the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative as the on-site lead in the Dominican Republic to develop the country’s HIV/AIDS plan.  She also supported national plan development and roll-out in Haiti, Rwanda and South Africa.

Additional professional experience includes working at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico, serving as co-lead for the Romania team on a special project for UNICEF involving anti-child trafficking initiatives, and working as a consultant for the EastWest Institute. Nabeeha serves on the boards of FINCA International, Alfred Friendly Foundation, and United Neighborhood Centers of America, is a member of the American Public Health Association, and a board committee member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

At the age of 29, Nabeeha was selected as one of the most influential and accomplished leaders in Kansas City under the age of 40. In 2006, she was honored at the National Press Club as one of the “15 Stars to Watch” in the communications and advocacy field, and was selected in 2007 as the Asian American Professional of the Year by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Nabeeha is a 1996 graduate of Kansas State University. She has dual master’s degrees in public health and international affairs from Columbia University in New York City. 

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