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									                          Biographical Statement
                          Michael S. Engs, Ed.D

Dr. Michael S. Engs is a retired educator, who worked in the Pima Community
College District for thirty two years as an administrator, counselor and instructor.
During his tenure at the college he received numerous awards including Post
Secondary Counselor of the year in the state of Arizona, Outstanding
Administrator of the year for Pima Community College, the Federal Bureau of
Investigation/League of Latin American Citizens Community Service award and
most recently (2010), the Rosa Parks Community service award. Currently Dr.
Engs is teaching leadership development for Pima Community College and
Northern Arizona University/ Tucson and mentoring young professionals. Dr. Engs
is also employed as an educational consultant training teachers for Phi Theta
Kappa (the Honorary Society for Community Colleges) for whom he has trained
over 1500 teachers from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. He has
written a history of leadership for the Phi Theta Kappa text book, which is used at
hundreds of community colleges throughout the nation. Dr. Engs has also done
workshops in human dynamics for the Volunteer Center of Tucson, VETSforVETS,
Touch Point Connection and Pima Community College and lectured for the
TEDs/Tucson program.

Dr. Engs has a Bachelors degree in English and Creative Writing from the College
of William and Mary in Virginia, a Masters degree in Counseling and Guidance
from the University of Arizona and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership
from Northern Arizona University.

Dr. Engs has written unpublished manuscripts to support his research on “The
Rhythms of Leadership: How Music Affects our Lives”, “Frederick Remington’s
Depiction of the Buffalo Soldiers” and “Peregrino Negroes: Wandering Blacks of
the Spanish Colonial Period.”

Dr. Engs began his study of the colonial period in America as a history major (later
changed to English) at the College of William and Mary in 1967. He worked as a
historical interpreter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation from 1964-1969.
Since 1983 Dr. Engs has researched the history of African Americans in the
Southwest. From 1994-1998 he lectured state wide on the history of the Buffalo
Soldiers for the Arizona Humanities Council. For the past four years he has been
researching the history of African peoples in the Spanish Colonial period from
1519-1821. Dr. Engs has been a member of the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic
Preservation for the past two years and participated actively in their Living History
program. He has also presented a lecture on Blacks in Spanish Colonial Period for
the African America Reads program and the Tucson Urban League Literacy
Program and will continue to lecture state wide as an Arizona Humanities Council
Scholar from 2012 through 2014. Most recently Dr. Engs co-authored $10,000
grants to the Arizona Humanities Council and the National Park Service for a
project entitled:”Friday at the Fort” to bring colonial history of Arizona to
elementary school children. As a volunteer for the Tucson Presidio Trust, Dr. Engs
hopes to bring this little known period of history of Black people and their
extensive contributions to the settlement of the southwest to a broader
audience.

								
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