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Lipscomb University's Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership announces inaugural Leadership Tennessee class

TICUA President Pressnell Among 30 Statewide Leaders Participating

6/19/2013

 

 

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Lipscomb University's Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership announces inaugural Leadership Tennessee class

TICUA President Pressnell Among 30 Statewide Leaders Participating

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 19, 2013) – Lipscomb University’s Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership today announced the inaugural class for Leadership Tennessee, its latest leadership education program designed to cultivate a network of business, nonprofit, education and government leaders who are committed to addressing the state’s challenges and opportunities.

 

The class includes 30 business, government, education and nonprofit leaders from across Tennessee.

 

“We are very pleased with not only the geographic diversity this class represents but also the diversity of professional sectors and interests,” said Cathy Cate, executive director of Leadership Tennessee and director of community leadership programs for the Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership. “By bringing together top leaders in business, education, health care and the nonprofit arena, we hope to not only learn from our differences, but also understand the collaborative nature of conversation and action that will continue to move our state ahead.  I'm honored to work with this inaugural class as they set the tone for the success of Leadership Tennessee for years to come.”

 

Leadership Tennessee is a 10-month program that will provide collaborative learning and dialogue spanning the state’s three grand divisions, issue-specific education for demonstrated leaders, a diverse representation of participants and opportunities to affect change. It will meet five times in addition to participating in other activities, research and projects throughout the program.

 

The inaugural class will have its first meeting Aug. 18-19 in Townsend, Tenn., which will include an overview of state history, culture and politics to give participants a framework for “what shapes us? Why do we think the way we do? Why do we act and vote the way we do?” said Cate. Governor Bill Haslam is slated to welcome participants and to outline the critical issues affecting Tennessee, which will help set the agenda for future sessions. The group will learn about these issues as well as discuss collaborative solutions. At the end of the program, the group will produce a plan of action designed to impact the entire state, as well as each region.

 

Cate said the program is also designed for participants to experience the unique cultures found throughout Tennessee to help foster a “deeper understanding of and appreciation for each other and the context for the issues, challenges and opportunities for building stronger communities.”

 

“Bringing business, government and nonprofit leaders together for the common good is our mission at the Andrews Institute,” said Linda Peek Schacht, executive director of the Andrews Institute and Leadership Tennessee board member. “Leadership Tennessee extends to the state our vision that great communities are intentional, not accidental, and we look forward to working with these proven civic leaders as they collaborate to build a stronger Tennessee."

 

The Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership offers a Master of Arts in Civic Leadership, one of only two in the nation. Its signature community programs, produced with local, regional and statewide partners, include citizen leadership academies on critical issues, community leadership programs, customized leadership development and online resources. Leadership Tennessee is the latest of its initiatives designed to develop strong communities.

 

 For more information about Leadership Tennessee visit www.leadershiptennessee.org or contact Cate at 615.966.5180 catherine.cate@lipscomb.edu.

 

Members of the inaugural class of Leadership Tennessee
Chattanooga

Jim Hobson, chief executive officer, Memorial Health Care

Rebecca Hunter, commissioner, Tennessee Department of Human Resources

Todd Womack, chief of staff, Senator Bob Corker

 

Clarksville

Kim McMillan, mayor, City of Clarksville

 

Franklin

John Schroer, commissioner, Tennessee Department of Transportation

 

Knoxville

Joe Armstrong, state representative, Tennessee House of Representatives; president, National Black Caucus of State Legislators

Randy Boyd, president and chief executive officer, Radio Systems Corporation

MaryAnne Carter, president, MAC Research

A. Richard (Rick) Johnson, president and chief executive officer, the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness; Special Assistant to the Governor

Raja Jubran, chief executive officer, Denark Construction, Inc.

Michael T. Strickland, chairman, Bandit Lites

J. Laurens Tullock, president, Cornerstone Foundation of Knoxville

Jamie Woodson, president and chief executive officer, Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)

 

Memphis

Laura Adams, executive director, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy

Dr. Steven Bares, president and executive director, Memphis Bioworks Foundation

Martha Perine Beard, Memphis regional executive, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Mike Carpenter, executive director. Plough Foundation

Jack Sammons, chair, Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority

Blair Taylor, president, Memphis Tomorrow

 

Nashville

Michael Burcham, president & CEO, The Nashville Entrepreneur Center

 

Karl F. Dean, mayor, Metro Nashville – Davidson County

Stacey A. Garrett, founding member and chairperson, board of directors, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC; vice president for online & professional studies, Cumberland University

Many-Bears Grinder, commissioner, Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Candice McQueen, dean, College of Education, Lipscomb University

Dr. Claude O. Pressnell, president, Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association

Renata Soto, executive director, Conexion Americas

 

Oak Ridge

Dr. Thom Mason, director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

 

Parsons

Janet Ayers, president, The Ayers Foundation

 

Sevierville

David Ogle, president, Five Oaks Development

 

Tullahoma

Dr. Mary Lou Apple, president, Motlow State Community College

 

About the Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership

Founded in October 2010 to build on the legacy of Nashville leader Nelson Andrews, the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership engages current and emerging leaders in academic and community programs to create thriving communities. These include a Master’s in Civic Leadership, one of only two in the nation; Citizen Leadership Academies and customized leadership classes serving organizations, counties and cities statewide. The institute’s newest initiative is Leadership Tennessee, the only statewide leadership education program in Tennessee created to cultivate a network of business, nonprofit, education and government leaders committed to addressing the state’s challenges and opportunities.