As Executive Director of the Kappa Leadership Institute – Chicago, Mr. Gore continues to work diligently to ensure that the institute provides the best that it can offer to every Kappa Leaguer. Mr. Gore has extensive work experience in the nonprofit environment working primarily with opportunities geared toward teenage youth (K9 – K12) and has worked in the academic advising of teenage youth since August of 1999. Since August of 2003, he has served as the Director of the Kappa Leadership Institute – Chicago and within that time frame he has developed the institute into what is now referred to as ““one of Chicago’s most successful leadership & academic mentoring programs.” In addition to his non-profit positions, he has lead management and sales teams in delivering superior business results. With over fifteen years in the executive management, sales, and service divisions for several fortune 500 corporations, Mr. Gore has a thorough understanding of what it takes to create, develop, and leverage premier relationships to capture opportunities to succeed in a demanding and forever changing work environment.
Mr. Gore is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, with a BA in Communications with an emphasis in Marketing and a graduate of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business with his MBA. He attended Lindblom High School in Chicago where he was selected as a National Merit Finalist after he obtained a 1550 on the SAT Exam. He also scored a 34 on the ACT Exam which placed him in the 98th percentile nationally.
Mr. Gore is committed to seeing that every student in the Kappa League program successfully matriculates to college, is properly prepared for college, obtains the financial resources needed to attend college, and maintains the academic standards needed to gain admissions to the college or university of the Kappa Leaguer's choice. He personally serves as the Academic Advisor specifically for the junior Kappa League students. As the Academic Advisor to the juniors he is in charge of their SAT & ACT preparation, and coordination of college tours. Along with Dr. Robinson, he serves as a key liaison to college admission directors and admission representatives.
Dr. Derek Robinson - Associate Executive Director
Dr. Robinson completed his MD at Howard University in Washington, DC., after having completed his undergraduate studies at Xavier University in New Orleans. He is also a graduate from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business where he completed his MBA (Masters of Business Administration). Not only does Dr. Robinson devote his time to the Kappa Leadership Institute - Chicago, he also works as a full-time emergency medicine physician. Dr. Robinson also holds a National position with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., as he is the National Achievement Academy Chairman for the Fraternity. Dr. Robinson’s main responsibility as Assistant Director of the Institute is to work with Kappa Leaguers in the program who are seniors. He is in charge of all matters related to ensuring the successful matriculation of each senior to college and is a key liaison to college admission directors and admission representatives. His responsibilities also include working with senior students on their college application and college essay preparation; their financial aid and scholarship readiness preparation; and much more.
Marlene Jacks - Senior Associate Director
As Senior Assciate Director, Mrs. Jacks is responsible for all Direct College Counseling efforts of the Kappa Leadership Institute - Chicago. Her areas of focus include: curriculum planning with honor, AP and IB classes; Mock College Interviews and College Essay Review; College visit tours and information sessions; parent advising (9-12); Chicago Public School and high school liaison, and development. She is also responsible for the planning and implementation of our study abroad program with the American Field Service, and any critical projects as assigned by the Executive Director.
Christopher Bryant - Senior Associate Director: Academic Studies
Before retiring, Dr. Smith, served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Bellwood School District and also served as the Director of Guidance and Counseling for Chicago Public Schools. As Dean of Students, Dr. Smith is in charge of “course curriculum advising” for all Kappa Leaguers. This aspect of his academic advising is key to ensure that each Kappa Leaguers is given the proper guidance in terms of the courses they should be taking at their respective high schools that will assist them in the proper preparation for their intended studies in college and preparation for their successful transition to the academic environment at college.
Mr. Kevin Scott
Director of Admissions & Academic Programs
Mr. Gary Walker
Associate Director of Admission
Director of Academic Programs & Associate Director of Law & Liberal Arts Academic Strand
The staff of the Kappa Leadership Institute – Chicago and the Board of the Edward G. Irvin Foundation are truly working hard to make every Kappa League student's involvement with the Kappa Leadership Institute - Chicago a rewarding experience.
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact Rodney M. Gore, Executive Director of the Kappa Leadership Institute - Chicago.
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