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 many awards.
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 work hard to achieve their goals in life.
“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.”
As the 2019 PCC Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Lanterman will give the keynote address at the commencement and nursing pinning ceremony 2 p.m. Friday, Lesh Arena.