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Front Page - Friday, September 10, 2021

Newsmakers: Executive Leadership Institute class chosen

The University of Tennessee has announced its third Executive Leadership Institute class.

Twenty-four faculty and staff members, representing each University of Tennessee campus and institute and overseeing critical functions across the UT System, have been chosen.

This 12-month program, created by UT President Emeritus Joe DiPietro in 2018, was designed to prepare internal candidates for senior leadership roles.

Led by Robert Smith, special adviser for executive leadership and talent development to the UT president, the institute offers attendees special development plans, executive coaching, mentoring and experiential learning.

“This is the largest group we’ve ever accepted, and it will be our first class to use a new online portal to enhance their development experience,” Smith says. “I think this promises to be one of the most comprehensive executive leadership learning experiences offered anywhere.  It is exciting to work with such a talented group.”

The 2022 UT Executive Leadership Institute class members are:

UT Chattanooga

• Vicki Farnsworth, chief information officer

• Stacy Lightfoot, vice chancellor for diversity and engagement

• David Steele, chief of staff

UT Foundation Inc.

• Evan Beech, director, specialized giving

• Adam Heller, chief financial officer and treasurer

UT Health Science Center

• Jeff Brooks, executive associate dean, department of oral and maxillofacial surgery

• Teresa Hartnett, associate dean for finance and administration, College of Medicine

• Paul Luepke, chair, department of periodontology, College of Dentistry

UT Institute of Agriculture

• Doug Bohner, human resources officer

• Craig Pickett, director for diversity

• David White, associate dean for research

UT Institute for Public Service

• Susan Robertson, communications manager

UT Knoxville

• Mónica Lebrón, deputy athletics director for championship resources

• Holly Mercer, senior associate dean

UT Martin

• Nancy Buschhaus, interim chair, department of biological sciences

• Edie Gibson, senior advisor to the chancellor

• Mark McCloud, chief diversity and inclusion officer

UT Southern

• Mark La Branche, chancellor

• Robby Shelton, vice chancellor for finance and administration

UT System Administration

• Brian Daniels, chief audit and compliance officer

• Ellie Dougherty, director of marketing

• Pam Jeffreys, risk management director

• Jorge Pérez, associate vice president for institutional effectiveness

• Timothy Sigler, assistant vice president for government relations and advocacy