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Chandra Alston

Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, UT Health Science Center

Chandra Alston as been employed with the University for eighteen years and has worked in other departments including Allied Health as Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, HR as a Team Leader and Interim Assistant Director, OIT as a Technical Trainer and OED as the Training Administrator. Her passion has been training and developing employees. Chandra has been married to Michael Alston (Director, OED, UTHSC) for twenty-five years, and they have three adult children and two grandchildren Jaylen & Aliyah. She enjoys spending time with her family, roller skating, and exercising. Her motto is empower others – you can’t do it all!!!

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Michael Alston

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Equity and Diversity & Title IX Coordinator, UT Health Science Center

Michael’s employment within the UT System spans 25-plus years with stints at UT Martin, UT Knoxville, and UT Health Science Center. His experience in higher education includes student recruitment and admissions, employee relations, and equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and diversity/inclusion.

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David Belote

Retired Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UT Martin

David Belote has devoted his professional career to the development of students. His responsibilities have included overall management of student activities, directing the Leaders-in-Residence program and co-directing the University’s First-Year Initiative program.

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Judy Burns

Associate Director, Audit System/East Tennessee, UT System

Judy Burns, a UT Knoxville graduate, joined the University as an instructor and has served in a variety of roles including technical writer/editor, management consultant, manager of fiscal policy development, principal in the UT system-wide quality improvement program, team lead for training and communication in the implementation of the University’s financial and human resources system, and audit manager where she first managed fraud investigations, information technology audits, and consulting projects and currently has responsibility for the audit function in East Tennessee. She recently led an initiative to implement enterprise risk management (ERM) at the University. She joined the staff of the UT Leadership Institute in 1996.

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Sue Byrd

Retired Department Chair and Professor Emeritus for Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, UT Martin

In addition to her background in administration and teaching at UT Martin, Sue has been involved with leadership development for many years, becoming a Co-facilitator for The UT Leadership Institute in 2001. She has assisted in leadership development with several professional organizations including co-facilitating LIFO (Life Orientation) with many units within the UT system. Byrd is LIFO Certified. She says she enjoys seeing students and professionals develop the confidence and skills needed to be effective in their work.

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Macel Ely

Director, UT Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership

Macel Ely has worked within the UT System since 2002. He has served in a variety of capacities including his most recent position as Director of the UT Institute for Public Service’s Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership. His duties include overseeing leadership programs for both local and state government employees across Tennessee. With a doctoral degree in educational leadership, Macel enjoys facilitating leadership training, serving as an executive coach and being a lifetime learner about all things leadership himself.

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Mike Gregory

Director of Special Events and Emergency Management Services, UT System

Mike, a UT Knoxville graduate, joined the UT System team in 2010. He plans and executes all event logistics for the President’s Office and serves as the system point person for Emergency Management Services. He has over 15 years of professional experience in the marketing, public relations, event planning and emergency services industry.

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Bruce Keisling

Executive Director and Shainberg Chair in Developmental Pediatrics, Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, UT Health Science Center

Bruce first joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 1999 as a clinical psychologist with a concentration in the assessment and treatment of children with developmental disabilities. Previous positions include a clinical faculty appointment through the Emory University School of Medicine and a four-year tenure as the regional director of a statewide, not-for-profit center that serves adults and children with developmental disabilities. He is board President of the national Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

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Mary Lucal

Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, UT Knoxville

Mary joined UT Knoxville Human Resources in 2006 but became a Vol for Life when she received her doctorate in educational leadership from UT in 2012. Her responsibilities include oversight of Recruitment, Compensation, Records, and Employee Relations, as well as figuring out innovative ways to support Knoxville faculty and staff. Lucal says she is driven by the desire to support current UT leaders and develop leaders of tomorrow.

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Gina McClure

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student and Residential Life, UT Martin

Gina McClure has earned both of her degrees from UT Martin.  Gina’s experience at UT Martin ranges from her beginnings as a Hall of Fame student athlete, where she was named as “one of the most versatile athletes to compete at the university”, then professionally in Athletics and Campus Recreation, and now as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student and Residential Life.  Through it all, Gina has shown a passion for student engagement, leadership development, health and wellness, and for the professional development of her students and staff.  In her current role, she oversees operations for Housing and Residence Life, Campus Recreation, the Boling University Center, and Student Life, including Greek Life, Student Organizations, and Multicultural Affairs.

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Jerald Ogg Jr.

Professor of Communications, UT Martin, and Director, Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities

Jerald served as department chair, dean, vice chancellor for both student and academic affairs, and provost at UT Martin before returning to his first love, teaching, in fall 2017.  A 2001 UTLI graduate and facilitator since 2002, he is also a graduate of WestStar, West Tennessee’s oldest regional leadership development program.  Jerald retired as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Department, a career that began immediately after his graduation from the UT College of Law.

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Jorge Perez

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success, UT System

Jorge joined the University of Tennessee System as associate vice president of academic affairs and student success in September 2018. Prior to joining UT, Jorge was vice provost for institutional effectiveness and professor of information systems at Kennesaw State University. He is a triple-Seminole with a bachelor’s degree in English, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in information systems from Florida State University. Jorge joined the LI staff in 2019.

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Laure Pou

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, UT Chattanooga

Laure joined the UTC Office of Human Resources in 2009 after completing her master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She currently serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor with responsibility for leadership of the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Equity and Inclusion to provide efficient, effective, and innovative services to campus. Laure is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Learning and Leadership at UTC and enjoys supporting the development of current and future UT leaders through her work with the UT Leadership Institute.

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Michelle Rigler

Executive Director of the Disability Resource Center and the Mosaic Program, UT Chattanooga

Michelle Rigler has served the University of Tennessee Chattanooga for 17 years and is currently UTC’s Executive Director of the Disability Resource Center and the Mosaic Program. In her role, she has helped elevate the university to one of the Top 50 disability-friendly campuses in the country and has created and successfully grown one of the nation’s top five Autism-specific programs.

She holds a B.S. in Exceptional Education from Western Michigan University, an M.A. in Special Education from Prescott College, and a Doctorate of Education in Learning & Leadership from UTC.

In previous positions, Michelle has worked specifically with outdoor leaderships, experiential education and team building as part of her primary roles.

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Tomi Rogers

Human Resources & Operations Manager, Institute for Public Service

Tomi Rogers began her career in Human Resources with a focus on learning & development at the University of Tennessee in 2001. During her career, she has developed and facilitated professional development programs on a variety of topics, which include leadership, supervision, effective communication, and teambuilding. Her passion for helping and empowering others has fueled her enrollment into UTC’s Learning and Leadership doctoral program.

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Ben West

Professor and Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations, UT Institute of Agriculture

Ben has been a part of the UT Institute of Agriculture since 2010. He served as Western Region Director from 2010-2015, Director of Lone Oaks Farm from 2015-2018, and currently serves as a Professor and Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations for UTIA. He has been an active member of his profession, having served on the review board for the Journal of Extension, as Associate Editor for the Wildlife Society bulletin, president for the Mississippi Chapter of the Wildlife Society, and chair of 2 national conferences. Ben is a certified Myers-Briggs and LIFO instructor, has received training in conflict management from the Harvard Law School, and has provided instruction on leadership and communication in all 50 states.

Active Support

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Jan Allen

Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Graduate School, Cornell University

Jan Allen worked at UT Knoxville for more than 20 years as a faculty member and assistant dean of the Graduate School before new opportunities at Northwestern, Columbia, and now Cornell University. She has extensive mentoring experience and is a published author on the subject. Allen says skills she learned at the UT Leadership Institute have helped her immensely throughout her career.

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Todd Bess

Director of the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database for the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy and Tennessee Department of Health

Todd Bess helps lead the fight against the state and national drug abuse epidemic.  Prior to his current position, he was the Assistant Dean for Middle Tennessee for the University Of Tennessee College Of Pharmacy.

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Herb Byrd

Vice President, UT Institute for Public Service (IPS)

Herb Byrd earned three degrees from UT Knoxville, including a doctorate in educational leadership. While most of his professional career has been with UT Extension and the Institute of Agriculture, he now leads the outreach efforts of IPS. Through its six agencies (Center for Industrial Services, County Technical Assistance Service, Law Enforcement Innovation Center, Municipal Technical Advisory Service, Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership, and Tennessee Language Center) IPS serves business and government to improve the lives of Tennesseans. Byrd has served on the staff of the UT Leadership Institute since 1999.

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Keith Carver

Chancellor, UT Martin

Dr. Keith Carver was chosen to serve as the 11th chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Martin on January 3, 2017, and he has just completed his first year as chancellor of UT Martin.

Celebrating 20 years of service at the University of Tennessee, Carver previously served as executive assistant to the president January 2011 to December 2016. Prior to that, he held roles at UT campuses in Knoxville, Martin and Memphis, including serving as interim vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis and assistant vice chancellor for development at UT Martin. He held several positions at UT Knoxville including assistant director and director of development and alumni affairs for the College of Law, program director for the Office of Student Activities and co-director of TeamVOLS (community outreach and service program).

Carver has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Memphis, a master’s degree in college student personnel and educational leadership from UT Knoxville and a doctoral degree from UT Knoxville. His doctoral dissertation was titled, “A Study of Presidential Derailment in Public Research Universities.”

Keith and his wife, Hollianne, are the parents of a daughter, Carson, and two sons, Jack Thomas (J.T.) and Britton.

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Amy Paganelli

Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, Graduate School of Medicine – Knoxville

Amy Paganelli joined UT Knoxville in 1999 and is responsible for all financial and budgeting aspects of the Graduate School of Medicine as well as administrative operations.

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Cindy West

Dean & Professor, College of Education, Health, and Behavioral Sciences, UT Martin

Cindy joined the UT Martin faculty in 1990, and has served in several key leadership roles prior to UT, at UT as Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, and on Board positions outside of UT. Her passion for effective leadership is apparent in not only her work, but also local community involvement activities including fundraising for a child abuse prevention center and directing plays at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center and at her church. She is a 2013 Leadership Institute graduate.

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Brian Browning

Executive Director of Auxiliary & Support Services, UT Knoxville

Past Contributors

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Betsy Adams

Assistant Dean for Haslam College of Business, UT Knoxville

Betsy Adams is the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration for the Haslam College of Business, providing strategies for resource planning and allocation across all academic programs, departments, centers and executive education operations. In her position, she has direct responsibility for the Financial Information Office (FIO), Technology Integration Services (TIS) and facilities staff.

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Nancy Badger

Associate Dean and Director of Counseling, Counseling and Career Planning Center, UT Chattanooga

Nancy Badger, a licensed psychologist, joined UT Chattanooga in 2004 and supervises the directors of the Women’s Center, Office for Students with Disabilities and the Student Success Center. She also serves as director of the Counseling and Career Planning Center.

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Ken Brown

Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer, UT Health Science Center

Ken Brown joined the UT Health Science Center in 2000 after working in private practice as an employment and health law attorney. As the executive vice chancellor, he is second in command and the chief administrative officer. Brown received a doctorate in health policy from the UT Health Science Center.

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Peter Chyka

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Executive Associate Dean, College of Pharmacy, UT Health Science Center Knoxville Campus

Peter Chyka is the executive associate dean for the UT Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy campus in Knoxville. Chyka served as executive director of the Southern Poison Center for two decades, director of the UT Drug Information Center for a decade and has been recognized with the UT National Alumni Association Public Service Award and the UTHSC Chancellor’s Distinguished Educator Award.

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Bill Dunne

Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Technology, College of Engineering, UT Knoxville

Bill Dunne joined UT Knoxville in 1988 as an associate professor of geology and presently serves as an associate dean in the College of Engineering. He has institutional awards for his teaching and service, and serves as an editor of the Journal of Structural Geology.

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Linda Francisco

Retired, UT System

Linda Francisco’s first connection to the University was through 4-H. She later attended UT Knoxville and was an instructor in the English department before transitioning to human resources in 1982. She truly believes that pausing to take a deep breath can help every situation.

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Nancy Howell

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, UT Institute of Agriculture

Nancy Howell earned graduate degrees in higher education administration from UT Knoxville. As a research assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, she is responsible for facilitating problem-based cases and teaching a service-learning elective. She also directs the college’s outcomes assessment activities and is involved in Department of Homeland Security grants related to food safety and disaster planning. Howell says she feels fortunate to have spent the majority of her life in a college environment where learning is a constant.

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John Schommer

Professor of Mathematics, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, UT Martin

John Schommer joined the UT Martin faculty in 1994 after teaching at the University of New Orleans, Duke and Ohio University. He has been president of the UT Martin Faculty Senate and a member of the UT Board of Trustees. He currently serves as UTM’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA. John is the treasurer for Weakley County Habitat for Humanity.

In Remembrance

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Edwin-Michael Cortez

Professor Emeritus, Former Director of the School of Information Sciences, UT Knoxville

Ed Cortez, an educator for more than 30 years specialized in information management systems and organizational communication. In addition to working in higher education, Cortez was a consultant for the government and private sector.

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Marva Rudolph

Director of Equity and Diversity, UT Knoxville

Marva Rudolph, a UT Knoxville graduate, joined the University in 1990 and worked with administrators, faculty, staff and students in the Knoxville area to address compliance issues and to enhance diversity programs. For Rudolph, working at UT was a learning experience from day one.

Dan Webb

Director of Human Resources, UT Chattanooga

Dan Webb joined UT Chattanooga in 1994 after working in human resources at Duke University and Union Carbide. As a Model-Netics Teaching Associate, he taught the unique management development program at UT.