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|Executive Leadership Institute|
Designed to strengthen campus leadership teams and prepare the next generation of leaders for college or university executive roles, the TICUA Executive Leadership Institute is an innovative leadership development program for senior campus officials. ELI participants, known as Pressnell Fellows, are selected by their institution’s president to participate and learn from national, regional, and state educators for the nine-month program.
In just three years of cohorts, ELI graduates have gone on to serve in leadership positions at Tennessee higher education institutions including the presidency of Johnson University, interim presidencies at Martin Methodist University and Carson-Newman University.
FROM PAST PRESSNELL FELLOW
“ELI was a great opportunity to meet and collaborate with my colleagues from across the state. While the Fellows came from diverse campuses and backgrounds, the Institute enabled all of us to step outside our normal silos and think through broader challenges and opportunities that affect higher education. Because of this experience, we have an entire network of friends to call on, no matter where we go from here.”
— Robby Shelton, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Martin Methodist
"I am a better administrator, leader, and person because of TICUA’s Executive Leadership Institute. Each topic we covered is critical to the success of our institutions, careers, and the academy. What I will remember most, however, is the stories, examples, and personal insights offered to us by each residential dean. The narratives shared by each chancellor or president were informative, encouraging, and motivating. I left each session impressed by the various strengths, personalities, and vision of these exemplary leaders."
— Phil Cook, Vice President for Enrollment at Lee University
“ELI is unlike any other program because it provided me with the opportunity to learn and grow my leadership skills, with intensive content discussions and real-world examples provided by the best in higher education. Because the program meets throughout the year, I had the chance to apply this new knowledge directly into my current role and team. I highly recommend it.”
— Jacqui Steadman, Vice President of Finance, Milligan College
Pressnell Fellows, Class of 2019
PREPARING NEXT GENERATION OF HIGHER-ED LEADERS
The TICUA Executive Leadership Institute provides senior campus officials with the opportunity to:
ELI also helps Fellows to assess their current leadership style to determine areas of potential growth, to enhance their professional persona, and bolster their passion for private higher education. The Institute challenges Pressnell Fellows to augment their skills through the lens of their institution’s mission, values, and vision in the following areas:
The Institute holds monthly sessions, typically on a Tuesday and Wednesday, at select TICUA member campuses with each president of the host institution serving as Residential Dean to the Institute's Pressnell Fellows during the two-day session. Monthly sessions begin in September with graduation occurring in May.