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The Leadership Program provides participants an opportunity to learn about best practices in leadership while enhancing their understanding of the mission and function of various units on campus. The program’s objectives include building participants’ self-awareness and strengthening unique leadership capabilities, familiarizing them with the overall structure and function of higher education administration, and increasing the success rates of those who move into leadership roles.

The annual program begins with a three-day retreat in May, where participants discuss developing an authentic leadership style, characteristics of effective leaders, strategies for navigating change, and maintaining work-life balance.

During the academic year, members complete a 360-degree appraisal of their leadership skills and learn about UT’s history and organizational structure. The group meets monthly to learn about influencing and change management, develop an understanding of UT’s financial structure, and speak with campus administrators. They discuss various leadership concepts and develop their own leadership philosophy.

The 2015–16 Leadership Program participants are:

  • Chad Autry, William J. Taylor Professor of Supply Chain Management, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management
  • Ashlie Czyz, Interim Director of Employee Relations and Recruitment and Executive Recruiter, Human Resources
  • Mary Holcomb, Gerald T. Niedert Supply Chain Fellow and Associate Professor, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management
  • Alex Long, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, College of Law
  • Larry McKay, Jones Professor of Hydrogeology and Department Head of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Anton Reece, Executive Director of the Student Success Center
  • Elisabeth Schussler, Director of Biology Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Matthew Theriot, PhD Program Director and Associate Professor, College of Social Work
  • Leon Tolbert, Min H. Kao Professor and Department Head, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Sheila Wolford, Budget Director, Haslam College of Business
  • Angela Wozencroft, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies