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Seventh cohort of Vanderbilt Leadership Academy convenes

by | Sep. 12, 2017, 7:36 PM

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos (right) addresses members of the 2017 cohort of the Vanderbilt Leadership Academy. (Vanderbilt University)

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos (right) greets members of the 2017 cohort of the Vanderbilt Leadership Academy at the Sept. 7 kickoff event. (Vanderbilt University)

The seventh cohort of the Vanderbilt Leadership Academy commenced Sept. 11.

Established by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in 2011, VLA is a nine-month learning journey for high-performing leaders from academic and administrative areas at both Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The experience is designed to build participants’ knowledge, capability and passion for leading their respective institutions.

“Amid the complexities of today’s world, global institutions like Vanderbilt need models of effective and imaginative leadership,” Zeppos said. “Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center are fueled by the unique investments of cultural and human capital of our students, faculty and staff.

“The participants selected for the seventh cohort of VLA have demonstrated the creativity, talent and commitment essential to charting the success of our institutions,” he said. “We are committed to providing leaders like them with opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of the qualities of effective leadership and to hone their personal leadership strengths.”

L-r: Vice Chancellor for Communications Steve Ertel, Interim Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Tina L. Smith, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel Audrey Anderson and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente address members of the 2017 VLA cohort at the kickoff event. (Vanderbilt University)

L-r: Vice Chancellor for Communications Steve Ertel, Interim Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Tina L. Smith, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel Audrey Anderson, and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente address members of the 2017 VLA cohort at the kickoff event. (Vanderbilt University)

Each year, approximately 25 participants are nominated by the chancellor, vice chancellors and executive leaders. Some 150 leaders have completed the program since its inception.

VLA sessions feature speakers both internal and external to Vanderbilt, roundtable lunches with senior leaders, and case studies. The program is designed to sharpen awareness of personal performance as a leader by demonstrating the ability to receive feedback and self-adjust; promote behaviors that reflect learning and leading agility; demonstrate composure and presence both internally and externally; and consider stakeholders’ interests, core values and data in decision-making.

Interim Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Nathan Green and 2017 VLA cohort member Midori Lockett. (Vanderbilt University)

Interim Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Nathan Green and 2017 VLA cohort member Midori Lockett. (Vanderbilt University)

The Vanderbilt Leadership Academy is administered by University Human Resources in the Division of Administration.

“We are delighted to convene the seventh cohort of the Vanderbilt Leadership Academy and provide these university and Medical Center leaders with the valuable opportunity to explore who they are as leaders, how they can more effectively interact with others, and how they can prepare to lead their organizations into the future,” Eric Kopstain, vice chancellor for administration, said.

VLA 2017 cohort members (l-r) William H. Robinson, David Sweatt, Jeremy Wilson and Jeff Johns. (Vanderbilt University)

VLA 2017 cohort members (l-r) William H. Robinson, David Sweatt, Jeremy Wilson and Jeff Johns. (Vanderbilt University)

The VLA cohort for 2017-18 is as follows:

  • Ronnie Alvarez, VUMC, Betty and Lonnie S. Burnett Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Vanessa Beasley, VU, dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons and associate professor of communication studies
  • Eric Bymaster, VU, associate vice chancellor for finance
  • Wally Clair, VUMC, executive medical director and chief medical officer of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute and associate professor of medicine
  • Donna DePasquale, VUMC, director of the Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Megan Groover, VUMC, director of talent operations, Human Resources
  • Valerie Hotchkiss, VU, university librarian
  • Shubhada, Jagasia, VUMC, vice chair for clinical affairs and professor of medicine
  • Wayne Jenkins, VUMC, chief clinical care officer, Office of Population Health
  • Jeff Johns, VUMC, interim chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, medical director of Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital and associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Kathie Krause, VUMC, associate hospital director and chief nursing officer, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Midori Lockett, VU, community liaison, Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations
  • Scott McCarver, VUMC, chief operating officer, Vanderbilt University Hospital
  • Doug Mefford, VUMC, managing counsel, Office of Legal Affairs
  • Thom Mudrick, VU, claims manager, Office of Risk and Insurance Management
  • Ifeoma Nwankwo, VU, associate provost for strategic initiatives and partnerships, associate professor of English and Chancellor’s Higher Education Fellow
  • Lauren Obersteadt, VU, executive director, Alumni and Student Engagement
  • Lacy Paschal, VU, director of Web Communications, Division of Communications
  • Mike Perez, VU, associate vice chancellor and chief facilities officer, University Services Executive Administration
  • William H. Robinson, VU, associate dean of the School of Engineering and associate professor of electrical engineering and computer engineering
  • Lori Rolando, VUMC, medical director, Occupational Health
  • Libby Salberg, VUMC, director, Office of Contracts Management
  • Fran Spurrier, VU, director of the Transition Management Office, VUIT
  • David Sweatt, VU, Allan D. Bass Professor of Pharmacology and chair of the department
  • Cara Tuttle Bell, VU, director, Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response
  • Jeremy Wilson, VU, associate professor of trombone and Faculty Senate vice chair-elect

For more information, contact leadershipacademy@vanderbilt.edu.

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