The Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership at Lipscomb University

Current Class

Leadership Tennessee Inaugural Class

The Inaugural Class of Leadership Tennessee was chosen from over 225 nominations by an anonymous selection committee.  This group of 30 leaders represents each of the three Grand Divisions (East, Middle, West) and a variety of professional sectors:  education, government, business and nonprofit.  This group will convene for an Opening Retreat in August and conclude, after five sessions around the state, with a Closing Retreat in June 2014.  Nominations for the next Leadership Tennessee class will be taken at any time and can be submitted on the website.  Class II will be chosen in May 2014 to begin in August 2014.

Laura W. Adams
Executive Director
Shelby Farms Park Conservancy

Dr. Mary Lou Apple 
Motlow State Community College

Representative Joe Armstrong
State Representative/NBCSL President
Tennessee General Assembly

Janet Ayers
The Ayers Foundation

Steve Bares
President and Executive Director
Memphis Bioworks Foundation

Martha Perine Beard
Memphis Regional Executive
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Randy Boyd
President and CEO
Radio Systems Corporation

Michael Burcham
President and CEO
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Mike Carpenter
Executive Director
Plough Foundation

MaryAnne Carter
MAC Research

Mayor Karl F. Dean 
Metro Nashville – Davidson County

Stacey A. Garrett
Founding Member & Chair, Board of Directors, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
VP of Online & Professional Studies, Cumberland University

Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder
Tennessee Dept of Veterans Affairs

Jim Hobson
Memorial Health Care

Commissioner Rebecca Hunter
Tennessee Dept of Human Resources

A. Richard (Rick) Johnson
President and CEO
The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness
Special Asst to the Governor

Raja Jubran
Chief Executive Officer
Denark Construction, Inc.

Dr. Thom Mason
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Mayor Kim McMillan
City of Clarksville

Dr. Candice McQueen
Dean, College of Education
Lipscomb University

David Ogle
Five Oaks Development

Dr. Claude O. Pressnell
Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA)

Jack Sammons
Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority

Commissioner John Schroer
Tennessee Dept of Transportation

Renata Soto
Executive Director
Conexion Americas

Michael T. Strickland
Bandit Lites

Blair Taylor
Memphis Tomorrow

J. Laurens Tullock
Cornerstone Foundation of Knoxville

Todd Womack
Chief of Staff
Senator Bob Corker

Jamie Woodson
President and CEO
Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)

Leadership Tennessee Class Members Gather in Memphis