EDUKAN Board of Presidents Name Esther Lahargoue as Chief Executive Officer

Esther Lahargoue is selected from a diverse and talented pool of exceptional candidates after a comprehensive national search.

EDUKAN, a national leader in distance education since 1998, announces that its Board of Presidents has appointed Esther Lahargoue as Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2016.

Lahargoue, having earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School, takes over the consortium with twenty years of professional experience in online education. She joins the award-winning EDUKAN staff and faculty whose mission focuses on helping students gain access to quality, convenient and affordable distance education.

“We are extremely pleased to announce Esther Lahargoue as the new CEO of EDUKAN,” said Dr. Mike Calvert, Pratt Community College President and Chair of the EDUKAN President’s Board. “In addition to her passion for advances in distance education, along with her global perspective to provide quality, low-cost, digital resources for students to pursue their educational goals, she possesses the skills, vision and drive to lead and inspire our growing and diverse community online and offline.“

In her new position, Lahargoue is responsible for all programs and services from strategic planning to expansion and growth opportunities in student enrollments, online instruction and support areas, as well as serving as an integral member of the consortium’s executive team.

She will continue to advance EDUKAN’s online learning environment, build a stronger coalition of colleges and hone its position as a national leader in distance education.

“Education is a powerful tool with life-changing potential. It should advance students’ futures by providing the avenues for success without encumbering them with staggering debt,” said Esther Lahargoue, CEO of EDUKAN.


EDUKAN provides access to quality higher education via college degrees, certificates, and individual courses, with affordable online classes. EDUKAN was founded in 1998 as a cooperative effort between member colleges to offer courses via the Internet. EDUKAN’s consortium schools are all accredited learning institutions with excellent reputations and long histories of providing degrees in traditional settings, as well as through online courses. EDUKAN Consortium member institutions are: Barton Community College, in Great Bend; Colby Community College, in Colby; Dodge City Community College, in Dodge City; Garden City Community College, in Garden City; Pratt Community College, in Pratt; and Seward County Community College, in Liberal. For more information, please visit