Theresa Liedtka, dean of the UTC Library, has been selected as one of 15 people statewide to be part of the inaugural Tennessee Higher Education Leadership and Innovation Fellows program.
The professional development program is designed to develop the next generation of enterprise leaders in higher education and, beginning in October, it will visit campuses across the state to learn from experts and build extended networks.
“I am honored to represent UTC and to participate in the inaugural THEC Leadership and Innovation Program,” Liedtka says. “From a professional and personal development standpoint, I look forward to the program’s challenges and hope to improve my skills to better serve the UT community and, specifically, my many talented colleagues and our awesome students at UTC.”
Chancellor Steve Angle says Liedtka’s selection is high praise for everyone involved.
“This is the inaugural class of a statewide program and to have a UTC member on its leadership team is a real honor,” he says. “It certainly speaks highly of UTC in general and Theresa in particular.”
The Higher Education Leadership and Innovation Fellows program will create individual development goals through professional assessments, one-on-one executive coaching and mentoring networks and job-shadowing experiences.
“Addressing the challenges currently facing higher education will require leaders that are steeped in innovation and keenly focused on student success. This program will help Tennessee develop a cohort of higher education professionals ready to excel in executive positions,” said Tennessee Higher Education Commission Executive Director Mike Krause.
- Richard Bloomer, dean of School of Health Studies, University of Memphis
- Lori Bruce, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Tennessee Technological University
- David Butler, vice provost for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies, Middle Tennessee State University
- Kelli Chaney, president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Knoxville
- Susanne Cox, vice president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Morristown
- Bo Drake, vice president of economic and workforce development, Chattanooga State Community College
- Steven Gentile, chief fiscal policy officer, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
- Michael Hoff, chief planning officer, East Tennessee State University
- Theresa Liedtka, dean of the UTC Library, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
- Connie Marshall, interim vice president for academic affairs, Northeast State Community College
- Laura Monks, president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Shelbyville
- Linda Spears, chief human resources officer, Tennessee State University
- Jacqueline Taylor, associate vice president of retention and student success, Southwest Tennessee Community College
- Dannelle Whiteside, vice president for legal affairs, Austin Peay State University