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TICUA Proudly Presents 2019-20 Executive Leadership Institute Class

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by Bethel University

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Nashville, TN— TICUA today announced the fourth cohort of its Executive Leadership Institute, welcoming fourteen senior officials from private and independent colleges across the state to the innovative leadership development program, which prepares university leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to serve students and build healthy campuses.
“The Executive Leadership Institute is unlike any other leadership development program in the state and nation, and we are excited to begin the fourth cohort,” said Claude Pressnell, President of TICUA. “Over the next nine months, these senior campus officials will have the opportunity to learn from each other and leaders in higher education about what it takes to build and sustain a healthy campus that helps students succeed.”

The ELI participants, known as Pressnell Fellows, have been selected by their institution’s president to participate. During the course of the program, they will gain knowledge 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.

In each of these areas, Fellows learn from content experts and sitting TICUA member presidents and explore solutions to campus-specific questions, problems, issues, or challenges utilizing data-driven decision-making.

ELI graduates have gone on to serve in leadership positions at Tennessee higher education institutions, including the presidency of Johnson University, interim presidencies at Martin Methodist University, and Carson-Newman University.

2019-20 Pressnell Fellows:
Will Ingram, Associate Vice President and CIO, Belmont University
Kimberly Martin, Vice President of the College of Professional Studies, Bethel University
Tim Hostetler, Vice President of Student Services & Ministries, Bryan College
Eddie Lovin, Executive Director of Enrollment Services, Cumberland University
Matt Roberts, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer, King University
Darlette Samuels, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Lane College
Mark Walker, Vice President for Ministerial Development, Lee University
Allison Duke, Associate Dean, College of Business, Lipscomb University
Daniel McMasters, Vice President, Student Affairs, Martin Methodist College
Dan Klingensmith, Vice President and Dean of the College, Maryville College
Lindsay Elkins, Director of Academic Programs, Southern College of Optometry
Katrina Chapman, Registrar, Trevecca Nazarene University
Candice Lee, Associate Vice Chancellor/Deputy Athletic Director, Vanderbilt University
Craig Mahler, Vice President for Financial Affairs/CFO, Welch College