Chancellor Steve Angle has been tapped to bring leadership and commitment to addressing the state’s challenges and opportunities. Angle is in the 2016-17 class for Leadership Tennessee, a leadership education program designed to cultivate a network of business, nonprofit, education and government leaders who will study and explore solutions to Tennessee’s most pressing needs. The program is hosted by Lipscomb University’s College of Leadership and Public Services and this year’s class includes 40 business, government, education and nonprofit leaders from across Tennessee.

“Since the kickoff in 2013, Leadership Tennessee has brought together influential thought leaders from diverse backgrounds to not only learn more about the rich cultural heritage of our state, but also tackle tough issues that affect our state’s success. Through dialogue and an expanding network, Leadership Tennessee members are taking what they see and learn on a statewide level and putting it into action in their own communities,” said Cathy Cate, executive director of Leadership Tennessee.

Leadership Tennessee is a 10-month program that provides collaborative learning and dialogue spanning the state’s three grand divisions, issue-specific education for demonstrated leaders, a diverse representation of participants and opportunities to affect change. Last year, Leadership Tennessee received a $750,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to expand the program’s offerings, scope and impact on Tennessee.

Cate said the program is quickly making an impact on Tennessee.

“With the announcement of its fourth class, Leadership Tennessee has proven the level of experience and leadership and the diversity of thought, perspective and regional and professional sector representation can be sustained. The quality and number of applicants continues to grow each year and we are excited to invite this next group of Leadership Tennessee members to a network of leaders around the state who are committed to the idea that we must all work together to create a stronger Tennessee.”

Past classes have focused on key issues impacting the state including education, government efficiency and health and wellness. During the course of the program, each class participates in learning and conversation designed to give them a greater understanding of the complex issues affecting the success of the state.

“In my view, Leadership Tennessee has set the national standard in public service leadership development,” said Steve Joiner, dean of the College of Leadership and Public Service. “Since the program’s inception, more than 100 highly influential leaders have completed the program and they are shaping the future of Tennessee, in no small part because of their experience with the team, past members and funders around the state. Leadership Tennessee models the mission of the College of Leadership and Public Service through ‘theory-to-practice’ education and development.”

Members of the 2016-17 Leadership Tennessee class

Judge Brandon Gibson, Tennessee Court of Appeals

Steven Angle, chancellor, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Valoria Armstrong, president, Tennessee American Water
Alexis Bogo, executive director, Hamico, Inc.
Bruce Hartmann, president, Chattanooga Times Free Press
JD Hickey, president and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Jill Levine, chief academic officer, Hamilton County Department of Education
Maura Sullivan, chief operating officer, City of Chattanooga

Mendy Mazzo, vice president, Skanska
Jerry Stump, president and COO, Volkert, Inc.

Congressman Diane Black, United States Congress

Kyle Spurgeon, president and CEO, Jackson Chamber

CeeGee McCord, director, Global Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, Eastman
Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Christi Branscom, deputy to the mayor/COO, City of Knoxville
Krissy DeAlejandro, executive director, tnAchieves
Steve Diggs, president and CEO, Emerald Youth Foundation
Justin Maierhofer, vice president, government relations, Tennessee Valley Authority
Steve Mangum, Dean & Stokely Leadership Foundation Chair, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Frank Rothermel, president, Denark Construction
Anthony Wise, president, Pellissippi State Community College

Lookout Mountain
Miller Wellborn, chairman, SmartBank and SmartFinancial, Inc.

Greg Duckett, senior vice president and chief legal officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation
Cato Johnson, senior vice president, Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Estella Mayhue-Greer, president and CEO, Mid-South Food Bank
Senator Mark Norris, Tennessee General Assembly
Terence Patterson, president, Downtown Memphis Commission
Phil Trenary, president and CEO, Greater Memphis Chamber
Representative Mark White, Tennessee General Assembly

Milligan College
Bill Greer, president, Milligan College

Michael Anastasi, vice president of news, USA Today Network – Tennessee; Executive Editor, The Tennessean
Laura Berlind, executive director, The Sycamore Institute
Harold Carpenter, executive vice president and CFO, Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc.
Trish Holliday, assistant commissioner and chief learning officer, State of Tennessee Department of Human Resources
David Mansouri, president, State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)
Pam Brooks Martin, president, Cushion Employer Services
Patricia Shea, CEO, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee
Dwight Tarwater, counsel to the governor, Governor Bill Haslam, State of Tennessee
LoLita Toney, director of development, National Museum of African American Music
Senator Jeff Yarbro, Tennessee General Assembly

For more information about Leadership Tennessee visit their website or contact Cate at 615.966.5180 or

Lipscomb University’s College of Leadership & Public Service

Lipscomb University’s College of Leadership & Public Service has been in the making for the last 10 years. Over the past decade, Lipscomb University has built a group of institutes that serve the common good and support innovative solutions. These institutes are housed in this new college and include the Institute for Conflict Management, the Institute for Law, Justice & Society, the Institute for Sustainable Practice and the Nelson & Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership. Each offers graduate degree programming in addition to other initiatives including certificate programs, Rule 31 training and more. The college is also home to signature program Leadership Tennessee. This unique initiative provides collaborative learning and dialogue spanning the state’s three grand divisions, issue-specific education for demonstrated leaders, diverse representation of participants and opportunities to affect change. It offers programs which offers programs of study in pre-law, public service, nonprofit management, corporate social justice, government and sustainability among others. The college will launch a School of Public Policy in the coming months and this fall will offer a new Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Service degree.

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