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Martinsburg VA employee earns doctorate

August 14, 2013
  • Agnes Llewellyn received a doctorate of educational leadership in May from the University of Phoenix.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center announced that Agnes Llewellyn received a doctorate of educational leadership in May from the University of Phoenix. 

Llewellyn is an employee in the learning resources department. Before becoming the chief of employee learning resources, she worked as a Veterans Health Administration registered nurse. 

Llewellyn started her career in 1987 as a clinical specialist, and has a strong military family background. Her father was a World War II veteran.

She is the designated learning officer and chief of employee resources of the more than 300 nurses at the medical center. 

In 2008, when the center was authorized to become a designated learning facility, Llewellyn was inspired to earn a doctorate. Her goal was to lead the center in education and leadership as the designated learning officer, she said. She embarked on her journey toward a doctorate through the University of Phoenix. 

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“Pursuing my doctorate has helped me understand how to facilitate change and create a learning organization,” she said. “I am more aware of the changing role of supervisors in the 21st century.”  

As the designated learning officer and chief of employee learning resources, Llewellyn wants her colleagues to understand that learning is part of the job, and that it enriches one's life. 

“I would encourage other staff to try to reach their personal learning goals,” she said.  

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