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Leadership Institute Facilitators

Jan Allen

Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Graduate School, Cornell University
Jan AllenJan Allen worked at UT Knoxville for more than 20 years as a faculty member and assistant dean of the Graduate School before new opportunities at Northwestern, Columbia, and now Cornell University. She has extensive mentoring experience and is a published author on the subject. Allen says skills she learned at the UT Leadership Institute have helped her immensely throughout her career.

Chandra Alston

Chandra AlstonAssociate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, UT Health Science Center
Chandra Alston joined the UT Health Science Center in 1999 and worked in various departments including information technology, equity and diversity, College of Allied Health Sciences, College of Nursing before transitioning to Human Resources. Alston says she has a passion for training and developing employees and strives to empower others.

Nancy Badger

Nancy BadgerAssociate Dean and Director of Counseling, Counseling and Career Planning Center, UT Chattanooga
Nancy Badger, a licensed psychologist, joined UT Chattanooga in 2004 and supervises the directors of the Women’s Center, Office for Students with Disabilities and the Student Success Center. She also serves as director of the Counseling and Career Planning Center.

David Belote

David BeloteAssistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UT Martin
David Belote has devoted his professional career to the development of students. He is responsible for the overall management of student activities, directs the Leaders-in-Residence program and co-directs the University’s First-Year Initiative program.

Todd Bess

Todd BessAssistant Dean for Middle Tennessee and Director of the Nashville Clinical Education Center, College of Pharmacy, UT Health Science Center
Todd Bess, a UT Health Science Center graduate, specializes in health policy education and has managed clinical programs that provide training to pharmacy students and residents for more than 20 years.

Ken Brown

Ken BrownExecutive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer, UT Health Science Center
Ken Brown joined the UT Health Science Center in 2000 after working in private practice as an employment and health law attorney. As the executive vice chancellor, he is second in command and the chief administrative officer. Brown received a doctorate in health policy from the UT Health Science Center.

Judy Burns

Judy BurnsAssistant Director, Audit and Consulting Services,
UT System

Judy Burns, a UT Knoxville graduate, joined the University in 1982 and has managed audit investigations, information technology audits and internal consulting for the University. She was a principal in implementing the University's financial and human resources system, IRIS, and the University’s system-wide quality improvement program.

Herb Byrd

Herb ByrdInterim Vice President, UT Institute for Public Service
Herb Byrd earned three degrees from UT Knoxville, including a doctorate in educational leadership, and has spent most of his professional career with UT Extension and the Institute of Agriculture. He began his career as a 4-H agent, and his responsibilities have included recruitment, personnel development and affirmative action throughout the years. Byrd has served on the staff of the UT Leadership Institute since 1999.

Sue Byrd

Sue ByrdDepartment Chair and Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, UT Martin
Sue Byrd teaches textiles, clothing and fashion merchandising at UT Martin, has been involved with leadership development for many years, and is LIFO (Life Orientation) Certified. Byrd says she enjoys seeing students and professionals develop the confidence and skills needed to be effective in their work.

Peter Chyka

Peter ChykanProfessor of Clinical Pharmacy and Executive Associate Dean, College of Pharmacy, UT Health Science Center Knoxville Campus
Peter Chyka is the executive associate dean for the UT Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy campus in Knoxville. Chyka served as executive director of the Southern Poison Center for two decades, director of the UT Drug Information Center for a decade and has been recognized with the UT National Alumni Association Public Service Award and the UTHSC Chancellor’s Distinguished Educator Award.

Edwin-Michael Cortez

Edwin-Michael CortezProfessor and Director of the School of Information Sciences, UT Knoxville
Ed Cortez has been an educator for more than 30 years and specializes in information management systems and organizational communication. In addition to working in higher education, Cortez is an active consultant for the government and private sector.

Bill Dunne

Bill DunneProfessor and Associate Dean of Research and Technology, College of Engineering, UT Knoxville
Bill Dunne joined UT Knoxville in 1988 as an associate professor of geology and presently serves as an associate dean in the College of Engineering. He has institutional awards for his teaching and service, and serves as an editor of the Journal of Structural Geology.

Linda Francisco

Linda Francisco

Retired, UT System
Linda Francisco’s first connection to the University was through 4-H. She later attended UT Knoxville and was an instructor in the English department before transitioning to human resources in 1982. She truly believes that pausing to take a deep breath can help every situation.

Nancy Howell

Nancy HowellResearch Assistant Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, UT Institute of Agriculture
Nancy Howell earned graduate degrees in higher education administration from UT Knoxville. As a research assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, she is responsible for facilitating problem-based cases and teaching a service-learning elective. She also directs the college’s outcomes assessment activities and is involved in Department of Homeland Security grants related to food safety and disaster planning. Howell says she feels fortunate to have spent the majority of her life in a college environment where learning is a constant.

Jerald Ogg Jr.

Jerald Ogg JrProvost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UT Martin
Jerald Ogg Jr. joined the UT Martin faculty in 1987 after serving as an active duty judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force and practicing law. At UT, Ogg has served as chair of the Department of Communications, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and interim vice chancellor for Student Affairs. He served as Faculty Senate president and retired in 2009 as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Amy Paganelli

Amy PaganelliAssistant Dean for Finance and Administration, Graduate School of Medicine, UT Knoxville
Amy Paganelli joined UT Knoxville in 1999 and is responsible for all financial and budgeting aspects of the Graduate School of Medicine as well as administrative operations.

Scott Rabenold

Scott RabenoldVice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs, UT Knoxville
Scott Rabenold was named the Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs for the University of Tennessee at Knoxville on November 15, 2011.


John Schommer

John SchommerProfessor of Mathematics, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, UT Martin
John Schommer joined the UT Martin faculty in 1994 after teaching at the University of New Orleans, Duke and Ohio University. He has been president of the UT Martin Faculty Senate and a member of the UT Board of Trustees. He currently serves as UTM’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA. John is the treasurer for Weakley County Habitat for Humanity.

Ron Tredway

Ron TredwayExecutive Director, Human Resources/Employee and Organizational Development, UT System
Ron Tredway joined UT Knoxville in 2010 after working in corporate human resources and senior management roles in private sector firms, where he developed and facilitated leadership and change management programs. He also served as an adjunct faculty member for several management courses at multiple universities. His passion centers around helping individuals and organizations improve their performance through applied learning interventions.

Dan Webb

Dan WebbDirector of Human Resources, UT Chattanooga
Dan Webb joined UT Chattanooga in 1994 after working in human resources at Duke University and Union Carbide. He is a Model-Netics Teaching Associate and teaches the unique management development program at UT.