The TICUA Executive Leadership Institute(ELI) is an innovative leadership development program for those senior campus leaders who seek to strengthen their current and future roles within their institution and who may be considering a college or university presidency. The program not only strives to provide the leadership with knowledge and skills necessary to prepare senior campus officials for the presidency but more importantly, is designed to strengthen the local campus’ leadership team.
During the course of the year-long program, ELI Pressnell Fellows have the opportunity:
- to enhance their professional leadership knowledge and skills in the specific context of private higher education;
- to develop their knowledge and skills needed to respond to uncertainty;
- to prepare for the unique opportunities and challenges facing the leadership of private higher education institutions;
- to learn from content experts and sitting TICUA member presidents who serve as Residential Deans;
- to explore and learn about the unique aspects of host member campuses;
- and, to explore solutions to campus-specific questions, problems, issues, or challenges utilizing data-driven decision-making.
The Institute opened its doors to the inaugural class in 2016-17, hosting 17 Pressnell Fellows – with one of those Fellows ascending to the presidency of Johnson University in 2018 and another serving as interim president of Martin Methodist University.
The 17 members of the 2017-18 Class also saw one of its members serve as interim president of Carson-Newman University. Combined, these 34 Pressnell Fellows visited 19 TICUA member campuses and learned from 36 sitting presidents as well as other content experts.
To date, the 21 Pressnell Fellows of the 2018-19 Class have visited Vanderbilt, Southern Adventist, Cumberland, Aquinas, Freed-Hardeman (Dickson campus), and Johnson. The Fellows have explored 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. While exploring these topics, the Fellows have met and learned from eight current TICUA member presidents, two presidents emeriti, and numerous senior members of TICUA member campuses.The 2018-19 Pressnell Fellows also attended the TICUA Annual Meeting and then met with attorneys from Waller Law focusing on legal issues affecting private higher education.
In April and May, respectively, the Fellows will visit the Southern College of Optometry, Watkins College of Art and Design, and Trevecca Nazarene University. While at Southern College of Optometry in April, President Lewis Reich will serve as Residential Dean while Dr. Betty Sue McGarvey, president of Baptist College of Health Sciences, Darryl McGee, vice president for student affairs and chief budget officer of Lane College, and Dr. Brian Carrier, vice president of student life and dean of students of Union University, will serve as content faculty focusing on the area of student affairs.
In May, Fellows will visit Watkins with President J. Kline serving as Residential Dean. In addition, the following TICUA member presidents will join Dr. Kline, as content faculty for the “transitioning to the presidency” session: Dr. Kevin Rome (Fisk), Dr. Harley Knowles (Tennessee Wesleyan), and Dr. Dan Boone (Trevecca). Also serving will be Dr. Alisa White, president of Austin Peay State University and Lee University alumnus. Dr. John Smarrelli, president of Christian Brothers University and TICUA Board chair, Dr. Dan Boone, president of Trevecca Nazarene University, and Dr. Claude Pressnell, president of TICUA, will host the 2019 ELI graduation at Trevecca.
TICUA is asking that member presidents submit their 2019-20 ELI Pressnell Fellow’s selection form by Friday, May 3rd. To learn more about ELI, please contact Dr. Diane Berty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-242-5400 x203.