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David Inniss, EdD presented Leadership Award

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SACRAMENTO -David Inniss, EdD, was presented with the Carl "Tobey" Oxholm III Leadership Award at Drexel's University's recent commencement in Sacramento.

 The award was created by the Graduate Student Association to recognize "leadership in the classroom and in the community."

 The Leadership Award is a large silver bowl, mounted on an impressive wooden base that features the names of all its recipients. It was named for the inaugural leader of Drexel University Sacramento.

 Inniss, who earned his doctorate degree in the Educational Leadership and Management program (Ed.D), was one of 110 graduates who were awarded degrees June 21 at Sacramento's historic Crocker Art Museum.

 It was the fourth commencement ceremony for Drexel University Sacramento. There were 97 students who received master's or post-baccalaureate level degrees, and 13 were awarded doctorate degrees.

 "David was an exceptional student who demonstrated dynamic leadership qualities while studying for his doctoral degree at Drexel," said Sandy Kirschenmann, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of Drexel University Sacramento. "We're extremely proud of David and all that he has accomplished in his young life. He has positioned himself as a tremendous leader in both his career and community."

 A Senior Fellow of the Nehemiah Emerging Leader's Program, Inniss recently embarked on a new endeavor, forming the The Koci Groupwith fellow Drexel graduate, Addie Ellis, EdD, last year's Oxholm award winner.

 The Koci Group is a leadership and management consultancy that helps organizations overcome perceived performance barriers and maximize individual and collective productivity.

 Inniss grew up in Barbados and, at age 19, became the first West Point cadet from Barbados.He was an "international cadet," one of only 10 young people worldwide who were chosen.

 He graduated from the Academy in 1999, but chose a career outside of the military that eventually led him to the Sacramento region.

 Inniss has enjoyed a storied career in software and management. He has more than 15 years of experience in the technology sector, where he led high-performance teams in software engineering, software quality assurance, professional services and product management.

 "Drexel University does a tremendous job of giving all its students numerous leadership opportunities and really mentors us in this area," said Inniss, who gave a passionate speech at the commencement ceremony. "In a graduating class with so many outstanding leaders, I'm honored to be singled out for the Oxholm award. I'm truly humbled to receive this great honor."

 Drexel - a top-ranked, national comprehensive university - currently offers students six master's, one doctorate and one post-baccalaureate program designed for working professionals in the fields of entrepreneurial business, human resource development, education and health care. 

In September 2013, Drexel launched its first full-time undergraduate program in business for students who have finished at least the first two years of their undergraduate education. Drexel's renowned Co-op program is a central feature in the undergraduate program's experiential approach to teaching and learning. 

For more information about Drexel University Sacramento's programs in California, visit www.drexel.edu/sacramento or call (916) 325-4600.