Twenty-five selected for President’s Leadership Institute class

June 14, 2017

Presidents Leadership Institute LogoBy Jackie Todd, University Relations

Budding leaders from across the university were selected to participate in the second class of the President’s Leadership Institute. Introduced last year, the 10-month program exposes Clemson’s faculty and staff to all aspects of the university’s operations, presents opportunities to interact with senior leaders and allows them to participate in activities designed to build leadership skills, broaden their perspectives, create invaluable networks and prepare them to pursue additional roles at Clemson.

“The first year of the President’s Leadership Institute exceeded even my high expectations for providing a meaningful educational and leadership experience to a diverse and highly talented group of staff and faculty,” said Clemson President Jim Clements. “The selection process for the upcoming class was extremely competitive and I am looking forward to once again working with, and getting to know, another outstanding group of colleagues who are dedicated to making Clemson the best it can be.”

Participants include:

Beshah Ayalew, Ph.D., graduate program coordinator, professor-automotive engineering, College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Todd Barnette, interim chief Facilities officer, Office of EVP, Finances & Ops and Facilities

Jeffrey Brown, associate dean of students, Division of Student Affairs

Julia Brumaghim, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, College of Science

Beth Crocker, associate general counsel, Office of General Counsel

Barry Garst, Ph.D., associate professor-parks, recreation and tourism management, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Anne Grant, instruction coordinator/education reference librarian, Cooper Library

Christine Green, marketing specialist/admissions marketing, University Relations

Patricia Guerra-Marcondes, research associate-food, nutrition and packaging Sciences, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

Shanika Holland, audits manager, Office of EVP, Finances & Ops and Facilities

Tracy Kelly, administrative coordinator, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Deon Legette, regional lead agent-Midlands Region, Clemson University Cooperative Extension

Oliver Myers, Ph.D., associate professor-mechanical engineering, College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Jennifer Ogle, Ph.D., associate professor-civil engineering, College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Margaret Owen, Sr., academic program director, Development and Alumni Relations

Matthew Powers, Ph.D., associate prof./director of the bachelor’s of landscape architecture program, College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

Vladimir Reukov, Ph.D., research assistant professor-bioengineering, College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Science

Joseph Ryan, Ph.D., Stanzione Distinguished Professor of Clemson LIFE, College of Education

Kevin Stone, TAC chair/systems architect, CCIT

Kendra Stewart-Tillman, Ph.D., director for diversity and inclusion, Office of Inclusion and Equity, Gantt Multicultural Center

Mary Von Kaenel, Ph.D., director of Bridge to Clemson program, Division of Undergraduate Studies

Kuang-Ching Wang, Ph.D., associate professor-electrical and computer engineering, College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Patrick Warren, Ph.D., associate professor-economics, College of Business

Sarah White, Ph.D., associate professor- plant and environmental science, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

Kyle Young, Ph.D., associate athletic director-administration, Department of Athletics

Nominated by vice presidents and deans, the class members are at various stages in their careers, from entry-level to mid-level employees. During the 10-month program, participants will learn about Clemson, higher education, business and government and receive education and training to hone and develop skills needed for leadership success.

The program will begin Aug. 8 and run through May 3, 2018.

For more information, contact Kyra Lobbins, director of the President’s Leadership and Strategic Initiatives. Lobbins oversees the President’s Leadership Institute. Read more about her next week in her Meet a Tiger profile.



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