President’s Inclusive Leadership Institute

A professional development program for senior Towson faculty and staff that fosters personal development, interdisciplinary collaborations and a strong connection to the campus community. 


Established in 1996, the President's Inclusive Leadership Institute offers intensive, year-long leadership programs for faculty, department chairs and administrative staff.

Program Focus

  • Interdisciplinary faculty and staff interaction, leadership concepts and experiences, and interaction with leaders on and off campus.
  • Each class begins and ends its program with off-campus retreats and participates in one full-day session each month throughout the academic year.
  • Inclusive Leadership Institute members commit their time, energy, ideas and enthusiasm to the program and come away with leadership skills, expanded university contacts and friends that last a lifetime.

Program Participation

  • Faculty and staff members are selected to participate in the program each year through their respected Deans or Vice Presidents.
  • Staff classes are comprised of between 20-25 members and run from October until June.
  • Faculty classes are comprised of between 20-25 members and run from October until April.

Teamwork and bonding take place during the challenging case studies and discussions. But it isn't all work! Current members join with program alumni for networking lunches, athletic games and volunteer projects. The President's Inclusive Leadership Institute enables faculty and staff to forge a strong connection to Towson University, their co-workers, and all the communities we serve as an institution.

Program Highlights

LinkedIn Group

  • Membership in the President's Inclusive Leadership LinkedIn group is open to all institute alumni- faculty, staff, and student mentors.


Program Events

  • Alumni networking lunch
  • Art Events
  • Breakfast and lunch with the President
  • Sporting events with current class and alumni
  • Volunteer projects

Past Staff Class ProjectS

Transfer Mentor Program- Staff Class of 2012

  • The President's Inclusive Leadership Institute has the Transfer Mentor Program that connects Towson University students with staff mentors during the academic year.
  • The goals are of the program are:
  • Enhance connections to campus
  • Facilitate a supportive and professional network
  • Improve leadership skills

Service Celebration- Staff Class of 2013

  • The mission of developing Service Celebration was to increase employee morale and pride in Towson, expand Towson's impact beyond the campus and into the community, and help other communities and organizations thrive and succeed.
  • The policy development to allow employees time throughout the year to go and volunteer to help the greater good. Examples of volunteer hours include soup kitchen, animal shelters, 

Tiger Trails- Staff Class of 2014

  • Tiger Trails is a series of walking and running trails located throughout the Towson University campus that promotes fitness and pride among staff, faculty, students, alumni, and community groups. Most trails begin near Burdick Hall. 

TU Quotables- Staff Class of 2015

  • The staff class of 2015 developed a database of quotes to use for marketing material throughout the university.

Students with Food Insecurity Support Program- Staff Class 2016

  • The purpose of this fund is to provide immediate financial assistance to students that are deemed to have food insecurities at Towson University.
  • Food insecurity is defined by the United States Department of Agriculture as a state in which "consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year". In an effort to keep anonymity of students in need, financial assistance will be placed on a student's OneCard so they are able to immediately purchase a meal at one of TU's dining halls.

Current Faculty and Staff Class

Full Professor-Faculty Class of 2017

Name Department
Babu Baradwaj Finance
Leonie Brooks Psychology
Carol Caronna Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Isabel Castro-Vazquez Foreign Languages
Heidi Feng Computer and Information Sciences
Sarah Haines Biological Sciences
Eileen Hayes Music
Catherine Horta- Hayden Dance
Mubina Kirmani Early Childhood Education
Angel Kumchev Mathematics
Qing Li Education Technology and Literacy
Gail Parr Kinesiology
Mark Pellowksi Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Marty Roberge Geography
Doug Sanford Management
Steven Satta Theatre Arts
Jung-Sook Lee Mass Communications and Communication Studies
Erin Steffes Marketing
Vincent Thomas Dance

Staff Class of 2017

Name Department
Mahnoor Ahmed Center for Student Diversity
Vasu Bhatt Management Advisory and Compliance Services
James Brandenburg Development
Erika Carlson-Hiles Academic Policy and Graduation
LaVern Chapman Inclusion
Jon Dahlquist Athletics
Lisa Egan (Taylor) Facilities Management 
Sarah Fike University Child Care Center
Matt Goldstein Health Center
Jessica Grimm RESI
Kristen Hughes University Enrollment Marketing
Theresa Jenkins CLA, Technology/Facilities & Events
Lisa Michocki CBE, Student Academic and Career Services
Jenna Mills Alumni Relations
Christina Olstad Student Affairs
Dorothy Race Institutional Research
Sharlene Roberson FCSM, STEM Program
Patrick Rohe OTS, Enterprise and Infrastructure Services
Bailey Susic Leadership and Organizational Development
Patricia Watson Facilities Management, Planning