August 16, 2018

Complete Tennessee Announces Third Annual Leadership Institute

Program helps participants learn about Tennessee higher education challenges

NASHVILLE, TN - Complete Tennessee today announced the third cohort of the Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute (CTLI), which will begin on September 16 in Nashville. This year’s class includes a variety of community leaders and education advocates, from college administrators and business executives to state and local officials.

“The Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute is designed to encourage and inform the next wave of student-centric leaders who are passionate about promoting postsecondary progress and success,” said Dr. Kenyatta Lovett, executive director of Complete Tennessee. “We believe firmly that engagement from influential and passionate individuals is absolutely essential to our ability to not only meet the Tennessee’s Drive to 55 goal, but to dramatically improve higher education access and outcomes statewide for many years to come.”

Developed in partnership with Leadership Tennessee, the Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute provides several months of educational programming to participants from a variety of backgrounds who have a shared interest in raising the state’s higher education attainment levels. CTLI engages its participants in understanding current postsecondary and workforce development benchmarks, learning from national and statewide experts, and developing a richer comprehension of the state of postsecondary education in Tennessee.

From September to April, CTLI will convene five working sessions in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis and Sewanee. The 2018-2019 sessions will focus on how Tennessee's history of supporting higher education provides a rich opportunity to continue improving student experiences and outcomes through effective partnership and collaboration. Learn more about past CTLI cohorts and programming.

Testimonials from past participants underscore the value and breadth of CTLI programming:

  • Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge: “Participation in the Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute has given me a broad perspective on strategies that are being deployed across the state to improve completion rates, promote certificate and degree attainment to enhance employability and earning potential, and improve the quality and competitiveness of our workforce.”
  • Clarksville-Montgomery Schools Superintendent Millard House: “As superintendent of one of the fastest-growing school districts in the state, [CTLI] truly pushed my thinking by allowing me to better tap into as many college and career ideas and opportunities for the thousands of children we serve.”
  • Southwest Tennessee Community College VP of Student Affairs Jacqueline Faulkner: “[CTLI’s] intentional, cross-disciplinary approach of converging leaders from city, county, and state governments, K-12 education, postsecondary education, workforce development, philanthropic organizations, and business and industry truly allowed leaders from all sectors to see and value each other’s role in the state’s goal of college completion and to truly understand the power and necessity of collective impact in this Drive to 55 work."

The 2018-2019 CTLI members are:

  • Amy Bain, Director of Data Management, tnAchieves
  • William Brown, Executive Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs, Nashville State Community College
  • Vicki Bunch, Manager of Workforce Development, Jackson Chamber of Commerce
  • Carol Byrd Clark, Executive Assistant to the President for Community & Government Relations, Austin Peay State University
  • Brent Culberson, Director of Neighborhood, Community and Government Relations, Lipscomb University
  • KC Curberson-Alvarado, Career Success Coordinator, Hamblen County Schools
  • Indira Dammu, Senior Policy and Research Analyst, State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)
  • Russell Dyer, Director of Schools, Cleveland City Schools
  • Matt Garland, President/CEO, Greene County Partnership
  • Mary Lauren Garner, College Access Counselor, The Ayers Foundation
  • Brandon Gibson, Judge, State of Tennessee/Tennessee Court of Appeals
  • Vilmaris González, Leadership and Engagement Manager, Conexión Américas 
  • Joey Hatch, Executive Vice President, Skanska USA Building, Inc.
  • Molly Haynes, Executive Director, Equal Chance for Education
  • Justin Jamerson, Program Director - Memphis, Grant Associates
  • Shauna Jennings, Associate General Counsel, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
  • George Leake, Supervisor of Career and Technical Education & Alternative Education, Obion County Schools
  • Brad McCormick, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Chattanooga State Community College
  • Julian McTizic, Sr., Mayor, City of Bolivar
  • Robert Owens, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Tennessee Technological University
  • Lottie Fields Ryans, Director of Workforce & Literacy Initiatives, First Tennessee Development District
  • James Snider, Director of Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
  • Jamie Stitt, Assistant Commissioner of Business and Workforce Development, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Michael Torrence, President, Motlow State Community College
  • Chelle Travis, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Services, Tennessee Board of Regents

To stay up-to-date on the Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute, make sure to follow @CompleteTN on Twitter and Facebook.

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