2019 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Awarded to Linda Lanterman

03 May 2019

On May 10, the Pratt Community College Foundation will honor Linda Lanterman, as the 2019 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award was established in 1966 to honor PCC alumni who have made contributions to career and community.

Lanterman grew up in Pratt, KS. She began her college career at PCC, where she played volleyball her first year before taking a short break from school. She returned and received her Associate of Science in Accounting degree in 1988. While at PCC, she enjoyed attending events such as basketball games and wearing her beaver blue. She also enjoyed working part time at Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. After graduating from PCC, Lanterman attended Wichita State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration and Accounting in 1991. She worked for Emprise Bank in Wichita before doing what she said she never wanted to do while growing up – move back to Pratt, Kansas.

In 1993, Lanterman accepted the position of Deputy Chief of Licensing and Permits. Shortly after, she was promoted to the Deputy Director of State Parks at Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, located in Pratt.  She intended to stay in the area she grew up in for three years at the most, however she had found a job she loved and ended up working as the deputy for 14 years before becoming the Director of Kansas State Parks in 2010, where she remains today. She has held many positions on local, state, regional and national organizations throughout the years, including President of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) in 2017-2019 and has presented for national and worldwide events, such as the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, in 2014. Over the past 20 years, she has had numerous articles published for the Kansas State Parks newsletters and publications and even published an article, Elevating Communities, for the Kansas Recreation and Park Association in TODAY Magazine in 2015.

Lanterman’s hard work and dedication to her occupation and community has not gone unnoticed, as she has been recognized with the following awards: Leadership Kansas, 2017; Distinguished Fellow, Kansas Recreation and Park Association, 2015; Friend of Education Award, Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals, 2003, 2009; Outstanding Employee Award, KDWP Park Division Staff, 2003; Outstanding Service Award, KDWP, 2002; Distinguished New Professional Award, KRPA, 1999.

During the free time Lanterman has, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, attending sporting events, fishing, and visiting state parks. Her advice to the graduating class of 2019 is to persevere and work hard to achieve their goals in life – whatever they may be.

“I feel like you have to persevere,” said Lanterman. “Whatever you do in life, you just need to stick it out and complete it. If PCC is the end of your education, then make your next goal a goal in your work environment and work hard to achieve it. Make your next career move be the best it can be. Even if you want to be a stay at home parent, then make that be the best you can be.”

Lanterman is honored to receive the 2019 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award. She will give the keynote address at the commencement and nursing pinning ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. in the Dennis Lesh Arena.

For more information about this award or to nominate an alumnus, please contact Executive Director of Institutional Advancement & Alumni Relations, Barry Fisher, at BarryF@prattcc.edu or 620-450-2179.

The mission of the Pratt Community College Foundation is to promote access to higher education in south central Kansas and to advance institutional excellence through financial support. The Foundation exists as a separate 501(c)3 non-profit organization responsible for college advancement, alumni relations, and stewardship of the college's endowment fund.