President’s Inclusive Leadership Institute

A professional development program for senior TU 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.

Class of 2019-2020

Name Department
Donna Anderson Facilities Management
Marissa Berk-Smith College of Fine Arts and Communication
Lisa Churchman University Advancement
Cassidy Cregan Strategic Partnerships & Applied Research
Natalie Dabrowski University Marketing and Communications
Kevin Fry Albert S. Cook Library
Carly Heasley Fraternity and Sorority Life
Corey Holland Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility
Eric Jones Financial Affairs and Auxiliary Services
Christopher Komisar University Marketing and Communications
Millie McMillan Human Resources Benefits
Christina Nemphos Center for Geographic Information Sciences
Karen Peraza Alumni Relations and Communications
Terry Porter University Athletics
Wayne Robertson The Writing Center
Mary Stapleton The STEM Program
Kendall Towe Annual Campaign Development
Nicole Vasanth University Child Care Center
Janet Walker Bursar's Office
Jennifer Walsh Accessibility and Disability Services

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 TU, their co-workers, and all the communities we serve as an institution.

Program Highlights

  • 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 Transfer Mentor Program connects transfer 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

Consider donating to help support the Transfer Mentor Program.

Transfer Mentor Program Fund

Service Celebration - Staff Class of 2013

  • The mission of developing Service Celebration was to increase employee morale and pride in TU, expand TU'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 TU 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 Students with Food Insecurity Support Program and fund is to provide immediate financial assistance to students that are deemed to have food insecurities at TU.
  • 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.