World Council for Gifted and Talented Children int’l HQ to move to WKU

Laurel Wilson

Officials announced today that the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is moving its international headquarters to WKU.

Hosting the World Council gives WKU an opportunity to be on the world stage and help achieve its vision, President Gary Ransdell said.

The World Council focuses world attention on gifted and talented students and helps them realize their potential, he said.

Edna McMillan, vice president of the World Council, which is currently located at the University of Winnepeg in Canada, said they are “extremely happy” to be moving here.

“Gifted education is something that many countries are dealing with,” McMillan said. “It’s hard to know how to serve their special needs.”

The World Council has moved around several times, each time leaving behind a strong legacy, she said. WKU will host the World Council for at least five years, and possibly more.

Julia Link Roberts, director of the Center for Gifted Studies, said hosting the World Council at WKU will extend the reach of the Center, which has been around for 30 years.

Roberts said the World Council’s headquarters will be in the new Gary Ransdell College of Education building, and was made possible by a generous gift from WKU graduates Pete and Dixie Mahurin.

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