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I have 26 years of program administration and research experience in higher education and have previously worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (16 years) and the University of Georgia (2 years). 

University Leadership Experience

Time is a valuable commodity and resources are limited across universities and programs around the country. Effective process management can make efficient use of staff time and energy, greatly improve employee satisfaction and streamline processes. All of these are part of the project management and change management training I have had and utilized to plan and implement programs and proposals at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of Georgia.


I have consulted Deans and Vice Presidents on the most effective interdisciplinary teams for collaborating on large, complex research initiatives. I have assisted teams of junior and senior faculty members on creating operating procedures for funded projects and revising the operations of existing projects to maximize the potential for successful completion.

Strategic leadership requires open and honest communication between team members and leaders, effectively managing up and down. Leaders are often servant leaders, accountable to their staff and constituents. They must earn the respect, trust, and confidence of those who depend on them. This requires exceptional ethical standards, open communication, and emotional intelligence. Effective decision makers must see the whole landscape (macro) and affect the daily operations (micro) to produce the desired outcomes in a constantly changing environment. I have utilized multi-tasking abilities to manage team dynamics, deadlines, and changing project goals to produce high quality, complex proposals and programs over my 19-year career in research-intensive universities.

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2017- 2020   

Tennessee State University (Nashville, TN)
Doctoral student in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Administration (Ed.D.)


Bellevue University (Bellevue, NE)
Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. (M.H.A.)


Peabody College of Vanderbilt University   (Nashville, TN)

Two graduate courses in Institutional Advancement, from the Department of Leadership and Organizations (Special student status).


Earlham College (Richmond, IN)
Bachelor’s degree in Physical Anthropology (B.A.) (self-designed major incorporating Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Biology and Geology).

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