pressnell fellows

Posted 5/31/19

2019 Pressnell Fellow are, from left front, with Christian Brothers University President and TICUA Chair Dr. John Smarrelli, Trevecca Nazarene University President Dr. Dan Boone, TICUA President …

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2019 Pressnell Fellow are, from left front, with Christian Brothers University President and TICUA Chair Dr. John Smarrelli, Trevecca Nazarene University President Dr. Dan Boone, TICUA President Claude Pressnell, and King University President Whit Whitaker. Pressnell Fellows were, Dr. William C. Smart, associate provost, Aquinas College; Dr. Phillip E. Johnston, associate provost, Belmont University; Seth Martin, executive assistant, Finance & Special Projects, Bethel University; Dr. Douglas Mann, provost, Bryan College; Dr. LeAnn S. Davis, dean, College of Arts & Letters, Freed-Hardeman University; Cindy Barnard, vice president of Finance, Johnson University; Dr. Deborah J. Rogers, director, Student Success Initiatives, Lane College; Phil Cook, vice president, Enrollment, Lee University; Donnie Lipscomb, director, Advancement Lincoln Memorial University; Dr. Kristine LaLonde, associate dean, College of Leadership & Public Service, Lipscomb University; Robby Shelton, executive vice president aned chief operating officer, Martin Methodist University; Jeffery S. Ingle, vice president, Finance & Administration Maryville College; Dr. Rusty Gentry, program manager, Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia; Jacqui Steadma, vice president, Finance Milligan College; Eric E. Hartman, vice president, Risk Management & Institutional Effectiveness Sewanee: The University of the South; Melinda Wolf Miller, executive director, Admissions Trevecca Nazarene University; Jill Salyers, vice president, Institutional Advancement Tusculum University; Dan Griffin, vice president, Enrollment Union University; Laura Nairon, associate vice president, Business Services Vanderbilt University; and Dr. Kevin L. Hester, associate vice president, institutional effectiveness dean, School of Theology Welch College.
TICUA graduates new class from its Executive Leadership Institute
NASHVILLE — This month, 20 senior officials from private and independent colleges across the state graduated from the third cohort of TICUA’s Executive Leadership Institute, an innovative leadership development program to prepare university leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to build healthy campuses and serve students.
“Tennessee’s colleges and universities are some of our most important resources for the continuing success of our economy and citizenry, and those stepping into executive roles must be prepared to lead,” said Claude Pressnell, president of TICUA. “With several colleges and universities experiencing leadership transitions in the last few years, it is more important than ever to invest in these leaders and help ensure they continue to thrive and serve our students and state well.”
The nine-month program is designed to strengthen campus leadership teams and prepare the next generation of leaders for college or university executive roles. ELI participants, known as Presnnell Fellows, are selected by their institution’s president to participate.
Phil Cook, who is vice president of enrollment at Lee University, was among the Pressnell Fellows.
The 2019 Class of Pressnell Fellows marks the third class graduating from ELI, and in just three years of cohorts, ELI graduates have gone on to serve in leadership positions at Tennessee higher education institutions including the presidency of Johnson University, and interim presidencies at Martin Methodist University and Carson-Newman University.
"I am a better administrator, leader, and person because of TICUA’s Executive Leadership Institute," said Cook.
"Each topic we covered is critical to the success of our institutions, careers, and the academy. What I will remember most, however, is the stories, examples, and personal insights offered to us by each residential dean. The narratives shared by each chancellor or president were informative, encouraging, and motivating. I left each session impressed by the various strengths, personalities, and vision of these exemplary leaders."
During the course of the year-long program, the ELI Pressnell Fellows gain training and insight on key issues related to leading a higher education institution today including, institutional governance, educational policy and politics, strategic planning, friend- and fund-raising, public relations, internal and external communications, enrollment management, academics and faculty relations, and financial management.


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