Dr. Onder, the Director of Leadership Development & Community Engagement, is a seasoned leader with over 20 years of experience in both public and non-public sectors. He holds a PhD in Public Administration and Public Affairs from Virginia Tech. Throughout his career, Dr. Onder has held roles as a director, project manager, and coordinator, where he has not only demonstrated his leadership abilities but also fulfilled teaching responsibilities.
Dr. Onder’s leadership skills have been honed through organizing and leading numerous workshops, professional development series, conferences, and collaborative initiatives at the local, state, national, and international levels. His contributions have been recognized through several prestigious awards, including the Golden Apple award. Driven by his passion for nurturing future leaders, Dr. Onder aspires to provide guidance and leadership to students and support The Lighthouse team in their mission.