Academic Leadership Academy (ALA)

About Us


The purpose of the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium Academic Leadership Academy (ALA) is to encourage younger faculty/staff to consider leadership career paths. ALA provides guidance in developing the skills that are requisites for effective institutional leadership. This ensures a sound and successful future for the participating institutions.

Academy Objectives

– Analyze theories and styles of leadership

– Apply leadership concepts to practice

– Build relationships that advance the work of higher education

– Address leadership challenges in higher education

– Demonstrate strategic thinking and decision making skills

– Lead in team-building and communication

– Expand understanding of the environment in which institutional decisions are made in the 21st Century

Sample Curriculum

– Budgeting 101 Basics

– Crisis Management

– Legal & Ethical Issues involving Employees & Students

– Managing Conflict & Difficult People

– Strategic Decision Making

– Accreditation, Compliance, & Assessment

– Campus Projects

2020 Academic Leadership Academy

2020 ALA October 22nd Schedule



Hosted by:


October 23, 2020


8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Self-Introductions of Fellows.

9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Overview of Consortium, Setting Expectations and Context

Rob Rumpke, President/CEO Bluegrass Tomorrow

Co-chairs: Dr. Laurel Martin and Sonia Sanders, Kentucky State University                           

9:30 a.m.

Morning Keynote: Higher Education Leadership: Issues & Challenges

Dr. John Marsden, President, Midway University

10:00 a.m.

Q&A: Questions & Answers with President Marsden

10:20 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

Panel of Deans/Provosts: Academic Leadership at Our Universities- 

Dr. Tom Otieno, Dean of the College of Science, Eastern Kentucky University

Dr. Greg Feeney, Provost, Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Dr. Stashia Emanuel, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, Kentucky State University

Dr. Mark Gill, Dean, School of Business, Equine & Sports Mgmt. Midway University

11:15 a.m.

Q&A: Questions & Answers

11:45 a.m.

Lunch Break

12:20 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote: Dr. John Roush, Retired President, Centre College

1:10 p.m.

Q&A with Dr. Roush

1:20 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

 Budgeting 101

Angie Martin, Vice President for Financial Operations, University of Kentucky

Leah Barth Rice, Vice President of Finance, Midway University                         

2:15 p.m.

Q&A: Questions & Answers with Financial Officers

2:25 p.m.

P.E.A.C.E. from Conflict

Dr. LaVena Wilkin, Director of PhD Programs, Sullivan University

3:05 p.m-

4:00 p.m.

Virtual Cocktail Reception with Jim Beam mixologist Beth Burrows w/networking breakout rooms.

2020 ALA October 23rd Schedule


Hosted by:


October 23, 2020



9:00 a.m.

 Welcome and Introductions,

ALA Co-Chairs Dr. Laurel Martin, Sonia Sanders Kentucky State University                                                                                                       

9:15 a.m.

 Morning Keynote:  Dr. Kris Williams, Chancellor (Chief Academic Officer) KCTCS

9:40 a.m.

Q&A: Questions & Answers, Conversation

9:50 a.m.-

11:55 a.m.

Campus Projects:  4 Concurrent Sessions where campus projects will be presented virtually in Zoom break out rooms. (this will be updated)






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Room 2





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Room 4





12 Noon

Lunch Break

12:20 p.m.

 Luncheon Keynote President’s Panel:  

Dr. Jay Morgan, President, Morehead State University and Dr. Kevin Brown, President Asbury University.  Moderator:  Dr. Laurel Raimondo Martin, ALA Co-Chair

1:00 p.m.

Break, Transition to Roundtable Discussions (Zoom Break Out Rooms)

1:10 p.m. 




Roundtable Discussions (choose 3, 20 min each) These are also subject to change.

Accreditation:  Dr.  Carrie Christensen, Midway University

Admissions & Recruiting: Brandon Combs, Assistant VP for Admissions, Asbury University; Sara Price, Transfer Admissions Director, University of Kentucky

Departmental Budgets and Finance: Dr.Barry Barnett, Chair Dept. of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky

Chair/Dean Development:  Dr. Rich Schein, Associate Dean of Faculty, Arts and Sciences University of Kentucky

Diversity:  Dr. LaTonya Irons, Assistant Provost, Sullivan University

Government Relations/Issues:   Ethan Witt, Assistant Vice President for Government & Community Relations, Eastern Ky University; Dr. Rachelle Johnson, Executive Director of Government Relations and Economic Innovation,, Kentucky State University                                 

More Than Service Learning – Discussing the benefits of formal University/Community Partnerships: Tori Vogelgesang, Kentucky Campus Compact; Gary Creamans, United Way of the Bluegrass                            

2:40 p.m.

 Networking, Break Out Rooms, Discussion, Conversation on takeaways

3:00 p.m.

­­Final Keynote:  Dr.Aaron Thompson, President, Council on Postsecondary Education                             

3:30 p.m.

  Q&A Wrap Up

2020 ALA Speaker & Panelist Bios

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2020 ALA Fellows Directory

2020 Academic Leadership Academy

Fellows Directory

Said Abusalem

University of Louisville

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Office:  502-852-4107

Cell:  203-768-2956


Katherine Andrews

Centre College

Sponsored Research Specialist and Institutional Review Board Chair

Office:  859-238-5212

Cell:  505-470-7188


Elise Borne

Kentucky State University

Paralegal for the Office of General Counsel

Office: 502-597-5825

Cell: 859-699-3881


Debra Bourne

University of Kentucky

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Office:  859-562-2632

Cell:  607-729-6711


John Brent

Eastern Kentucky University

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice and Police Studies

Office: 859-622-8152


Kim Brockman

Asbury University

Assistant Professor, School of Education

Cell: 859-229-9645


C. Sebastian Bryson

University of Kentucky

Associate Professor & Co-Director, Undergraduate Research Program

Office: 859-257-3247

Cell: 859-533-9551


Susan Cantrell

University of Kentucky

Professor, Curriculum & Instructions

Office: 859-257-6371

Cell: 859-576-4714


Michelle Carter

Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Campus Director

Office: 859-246-6362

Cell:  859-213-2739


Teresa Clark

Murray State University

Assistant Professor, P-20 and

Community Leadership

Office: 270-809-6956

Cell:  615-495-5093


Pernella Deams

Kentucky State University

Dean of Student Leadership, Conduct and Health/Associate Professor

Office:  615-260-9643

Cell: 515-260-9643


Fred DeGraves

Western Kentucky University

Chair, Department of Food Sciences

Office: 270-745-3151

Cell: 614-477-1430


Patricia Derosiers

Western Kentucky University

Department Head, Social Work

Office: 270-745-4557

Cell:  270-315-8404


Wendy Dixie

Kentucky State University

Chief Information Officer

Office: 502-597-5725

Cell:  859-963-8540


Amelia Dodd

Murray State University

Assistant Professor/Interim Assistant Dean of School of Nursing & Health Professions

Office:  270-809-6463

Cell: 270-293-4339

Richard Dressler

Western Kentucky University

Department Chair, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Office: 270-745-6280

Cell:  270-791-6030


Holli Drummond

Western Kentucky University

Professor & Department Head for Sociology & Criminology

Office:  270-745-2259

Cell: 270-792-6442


Kirby Easterling

Eastern Kentucky University

Lecturer/Director, Supply Chain Management, Department of Management, Marketing, and International Business

Office:  859-622-7893         


Julia Finch

Morehead State University

Assistant Professor, Art History Program
Lead for Art & Design

Office:  606-783-2292

Cell:  412-216-0594


Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova

University of Kentucky

College of Pharmacy

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Assistant Dean for Research

Office:  859-218-1686

Cell:  617-515-4788


Aaron Gay

Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Dean of Institutional Effectiveness

Office:  859-246-6565

Cell: 606-782-1046


Seana Golder

University of Louisville

Professor & Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Kent School of Social Work

Office:  502-852-3743

Cell:  502-558-2828


Tymon Graham

Kentucky State University

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Office: 502-597-6260

Cell: 502-352-3616


Lauren Graves

Kentucky State University

Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Office: 502-597-6229

Cell: 270-993-5065


Erica Gray

Kentucky State University

Director of First & Second Year Experience

Office: 502-597-5074

Cell:  502-714-9665


Kristie Guffey

Murray State University

Assistant Professor, Agricultural Science, Graduate Coordinator

Office:  270-809-5624

Cell:  270-350-0471


James Harris

Kentucky State University

Internal Auditor

Office: 502-577-6979

Cell: 972-365-1162


Michael Hatton

Northern Kentucky University

Theatre and Dance Program Head

NKU School of the Arts

Office: 859-866-2964

Cell:  859-572-6160

Jaime Henning

Eastern Kentucky University

Professor, Psychology

Office: 859-622-8178


Dana Howell

Eastern Kentucky University

Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy

Office:  859-622-6256

Cell: 859-358-9001


Ashley Ireland

Murray State University

Dean of University Libraries

Office: 270-809-5604

Cell: 502-432-2318


Jeannie Justice

Morehead State University

Professor, Education Technology

Office:  606-783-2339

Cell:  772-341-1394



Daniel Kanyam

University of the Cumberlands

Director, Graduate Business Programs

Office:  606-539-4272


Jennifer Kinsley

Northern Kentucky University

Associate Dean for Professional Development

Professor of Law

Office:  859-572-7998

Cell: 513-708-2595     


Ahmad Kutkut

University of Kentucky

Associate Professor, Director of Predoctoral Implant Program


Cell: 646-552-4667


Hanna Kroskie

Georgetown College

Major Gift Officer

Office:  502-863-7947


Reece Land

University of Louisville

Associate Professor of Trumpet, School of Music

Office: 502-852-7857

Cell:  502-558-0032


Bruce Manley

Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Associate Dean for Regional Campuses

Office:  859-246-6662

Cell: 859-338-6722


Chris Matocha

University of Kentucky

Associate Professor

Office: 859-257-9312

Cell:  859-489-5312


Beth Morgan

Centre College

Cataloging & Special Collections Librarian/Archivist

Office:  859-238-5274

Cell: 859-329-9431


Edward Morphew

Hopkinsville Community College

Instructor, Industrial Maintenance Technology

Office:  270-707-3903

Cell: 270-707-6425


Jaclyn Perrman-Graham

Northern Kentucky University

Assistant Professor of Management

Office: 859-572-6527

Cell:  513-368-2813


Rebekah Radtke

University of Kentucky

Assistant Professor

Office: 859-257-2229

Cell:  859-494-4684



Frank Robinson

Northern Kentucky University

Director, Academic Advising

Office:  859-572-6536

Cell:  513-515-7745



Stephen Richter

Eastern Kentucky University

Professor, Biological Sciences

Director, Division of Natural Areas

Office: 859-622-8688


Ryan Salzman

Northern Kentucky University

Associate Professor

Office:  859-572-5325

Cell: 817-999-4610


Christopher Sass

University of Kentucky

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies College of Agriculture

Office: 859-257-3485

Cell: 785-458-9687


Christopher Schroeder

Morehead State University

Department Chair/Professor, Mathematics

Office:  606-783-2938

Cell:  606-207-7352


Kate Senn

West Kentucky Community and

Technical College

Interim Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Director of Online Learning,
Professor Computer and Information Technologies


Cell: 270-210-8430


Bo Shi

Morehead State University

Associate Professor of Finance

Office: 606-783-2475

Cell:  859-595-8568


Robert Smith

Hopkinsville Community College

Construction Technology Coordinator/Distance Learning Coordinator

Office:  270-707-3892

Cell: 270-350-7739

Jill Steinbach-Rankins

University of Louisville

Associate Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering

Office:  502-852-5486

Cell:  480-206-1254


Jeffery Summers

Midway University

Director of Institutional Research

Office:  859-846-5358


Erin Teves

Midway University

Director of Financial Aid

Office: 859-846-5494

Cell:  859-533-2542


Kara Thompson

Northern Kentucky University

Assistant Director of Advising,

College of Informatics

Office: 859-572-7726

Cell:  513-532-5162


Jamie Tutt

Kentucky State University

Athletics C.H.A.M.P.S. Life Skills Coordinator

Office:  502-597-6493

Cell:  502-545-5699


Kevin Williams

Western Kentucky University

Professor of Chemistry

Office 270-745-8899

Cell: 615-351-3584



Wendy Williams

Berea College

Professor of Psychology & Women’s Studies

Office: 859-985-3629


Hilary Writt

Sullivan University

Reference Librarian

Office: 859-514-3359

Cell: 859-361-4358



Sherry Youngquist

Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College

Associate Professor, Arts & Humanities Division, English

Office: 270-901-1095


Robin Zhang

Murray State University

Professor and Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Office:  270-809-6760

Cell:  270-277-8719








2020 ALA Campus Project Abstracts

2020 Academic Leadership Academy

Campus Project Abstracts

Asbury University, WKCTC, and SKCTC Kim Brockman, Kate Senn, and Sherry Youngquist

Increasing Connectedness for Online Students: Our project will involve the collection of data from online students regarding the extent to which they feel connected to the

university/college they are attending. We will gather information, through a survey that we are developing, from online students regarding the extent to which they are connected to the community of the institution as well as the extent to which this is an important factor in their decision to select and complete programs. Additionally, as traditional undergraduate students transitioned to online learning at the end of the 2020 spring semester, they gained the unique perspective of experiencing classes both on campus and in online classes. This perspective, as well as the perspective of students who are enrolled in online programs, will provide valuable data in helping our institutions improve the experience of all online students, resulting in increased retention.

BCTC, Greg Feeney, Campus Liaison Michelle Carter, Aaron Gay, and Bruce Manley

Underrepresented Minorities in a Time of Crisis: Underrepresented Minorities (URM) in a time of crisis. This will include how a lack of access to internet connectivity, childcare, basic resources, and etc. could impact retention, passing grades, and even educational morale of URM students. The project will not only focus on the effect that a crisis like COVID-19 can have on student success, but our group will also brainstorm ways and methods to assist students during a crisis. This type of analysis cannot only be used and implemented immediately, but it can also prepare us and BCTC as a whole for future crises.

Berea College, Scott Steele, Campus Liaison Wendy R. Williams

The Power of Education to Disrupt Scarcity Among Low-income College Students: While education is known to create mobility in pay and job quality, college education also results in greater health and opportunities. Low-income students particularly benefit from education, yet only a small amount attend college, and many college students still struggle to meet their basic needs. The current research focused on how colleges can act as an intervention in low-income students' experiences of housing, food, and healthcare scarcity.

Centre College: Marcia R. Crowe, Campus Liaison Katherine Andrews and Beth Morgan

Gathering Student Input to Develop Learning Commons: Centre College is launching an integrated “Learning Commons” (CLC), which seeks to maximize the academic success and personal growth of all students through collaborative relationships among the College’s academic programs and support services. Katherine Andrews and Beth Morgan worked to augment the strategic planning of the CLC by gathering our students’ perceptions of need, through development and dissemination of a student survey regarding the spaces and services that students felt were important for their academic growth. Survey results were analyzed and conveyed to the director and design team, in concert with a re-design of the library facilities, to inform planning of programs and resources.

Eastern Kentucky University, Gill Hunter, Campus Liaison
John Brent, James Kirby Easterling, Jaime Henning, Dana Howell, Stephen Richter

Engaging Students in their Major or Discipline Post-COVID: This project sought to better understand how departments and programs across campus plan to engage students in their major or discipline, given the current online and modified on-campus environment. Engagement was defined for this survey as ways to create community and a sense of belonging among students as it relates to membership in student organizations, and ways to recruit and retain students into the organization. Data was gathered using surveys, and resources for engaging students will be distributed to campus stakeholders.

Georgetown University, John Davis, Campus Liaison Hanna Kroskie

Efforts to Improve Philanthropic Engagement with Young Alumni: Currently, Georgetown College struggles to build a philanthropic relationship towards the college within the young alumni community. This community includes graduates from the last decade. Georgetown College’s project explores the barrier of philanthropic giving in young alumni and implements a philanthropy program that begins when students are freshmen and continues through ten years post-graduation. Facilitation of this program will occur through the Development Office and in consultation with the college’s Alumni Board.

Kentucky State University, Sonia Sanders, Campus Liaison

Elise Borne, Pernella Deams, Wendy Dixie, Tymon Graham, Lauren Graves, Erica Gray, James Harris, and Jamie Tutt

First Year Experience:

Kentucky State University’s First Year Experience provides holistic

programming to help first year students solidify their path of success at the University. In a

recent survey by the University College, over 50% of first year students contribute their success at the

institution to the Freshman Seminar course – EDU 118. We are not sure how commuter students are

disaggregated from this percentage, as a result we are planning to survey those students to determine

which educational and social experiences would help them. The goal of our project is to enhance the

first-year commuter student's experience adjusting to the university either in person or virtually. In an

effort to emerge commuter students into a more intentional educational and social experiences, we

aim to create a learning community to provide experiences that would integrate the commuter

students into the overall university experience. Through creation of a commuter learning community,

we aim to build an avenue for commuter students to make friends, establish study groups, and

support individual needs and challenges surrounding commuter students. Our hope is that

implementing a commuter learning community will help these students overcome barriers related to

their educational and social experiences.

Midway University, Carrie Christensen, Campus Liaison Jeffery Summers and Erin Teves

A Day In The Life: Midway University strategic plan has provided us with a unique opportunity to explore a Day in the Life of managing information and how this effects all departments across campus. We want to do a project on cross training and setting up standard operating procedure documentation within departments. We feel this is important to maintain business processes and continuity especially during a time like COVID.

Morehead State University, Sherif Rashad, Campus Liaison

Julia Finch, Jeanine Justice, Chris Schroeder, Bo Shi

A Better Stronger Community A Collegial Campus: As stated in the title, the proposed project aims at strengthening:

  • ·  Cross-disciplinary cooperation on campus

  • ·  Synergy between academia and the community where the university serves

    The ultimate goal is to have students and faculty members with different specialties work together and help to resolve current issues in the community that MSU serves. Retrospectively, the community offers the platform where students and faculty members may implement innovative ideas practically. Existing issues in the community are considered every year and the one which is deemed to be most pressing and feasible for a solution will be the theme of an annual or biennial symposium.

    Students across disciplines may team up to propose possible resolutions and compete for the best proposal as voted on by faculty members. A

    fellowship may be designated to finance the implementation of the winning proposal.

    Murray State University, Robin Zhang, Campus Liaison Teresa Clark, Amelia Dodd, Kristie Guffey, Ashley Ireland, Robin Zhang Collaborators: Jennifer Cline, Charley Allen-Dunn, Jeremy McKeel

    Resilient Racers: We will publish a web site dedicated to Murray State University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and groups of individuals, who have exhibited the Racer spirit during the pandemic. The web site will include stories of outstanding and creative service to others that exemplify the values of the three stars on our Murray State shield: hope, endeavor and achievement. The stories will be accompanied by photos and videos. Call for nominations has been distributed and nominations are due Sep 15. We will select nominees, put together the stories and publish them by early November.

    Northern Kentucky University, Ande Durojaiye, Campus Liaison

    Michael Hatton, Jennifer Kinsley, Jaclyn Perrmann-Graham, Frank Robinson, Ryan Salzman, Kara Thompson

    Alumni Engagement: Best Practices: Alumni Engagement is of ever increasing importance in the current higher education environment. While there is a heavy focus on how to engage alumni and retain engagement over longer periods of time, consensus lacks on the most effective best practices. Our project is targeted at identifying alumni engagement practices throughout campus at Northern Kentucky University. We will be providing colleges/departments with a tangible tool that can be utilized to help strengthen and improve alumni practices on a micro and macro level.

A student organization may serve as the liaison communicating

with the community which will be served.

University of the Cumberlands, Daniel Kanyam, Campus Liaison Daniel Kanyam and Sarah Adkins

Proposal for a Master of Science in Finance program: Despite the increasing sophistication of financial products and complex financial choices confronting the world today, financial literacy among Americans has been dropping over the years. According to a study from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation), Americans’ financial literacy rate has decreased from 42% to 34% between 2009 and 2018. The study also found that “the key indicators of financial capability are no longer improving in step with the economy.” (FINRA, 2019). In light of the above, the University of the Cumberlands (UC) seeks to initiate a Master of Science in Finance program. The proposed Master of Science program in Finance presents a unique opportunity for the University of the Cumberlands to provide leadership on this critical issue by weaving financial literacy programs into the fabric of their campus communities to facilitate the integration of a new generation of informed citizens into the American economy.

University of Kentucky, Chana Akins, Campus Liaison

Debra A. Bourne, L. Sebastian Bryson, Susan Cantrell, Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova, Ahmad Kutkut, Chris Matocha, Rebekah Radtke, and Chris Sass

Translating Crisis into Positive Outcomes for the UK Community: This project explores the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis on teaching, research, service, and outreach in higher education and identifies lessons that can inform how universities move forward. Through multiple focus groups with diverse representation across colleges at our university, we examine how faculty adapted to changes in their work amidst an uncertain future. The project identifies multiple and differential impacts of the crisis on various aspects of university work and highlights the ways in

which faculty adapted, innovated, collaborated, and created solutions to meet the challenges brought on by the crisis. We provide a set of recommendations in the context of positive outcomes amidst a global pandemic.

Western Kentucky University, Rob Hale, Campus Liaison

Fred DeGraves, Patricia Desrosiers, Richard Dressler, Holli Drummond, and Kevin Williams

New Administrator Handbook for Western Kentucky University: Our team is assembling a reference handbook for new Department Chairs/Department Heads/Directors at Western Kentucky University that will include basic information about curriculum matters, budgeting, philanthropy and alumni relations, grants and contracts, and other key areas of interest to those who are new to administrative roles. The goal is to create a relatively brief document that outlines key information and provides hyperlinks to official websites with more detailed information available.

2020 Printable Document Links

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Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium Institutions