RALEIGH, NC – The University of North Carolina System has named a group of 33 participants to the fifth cohort of the System’s Executive Leadership Institute.

The program was designed to build the next generation of top leadership from within the UNC System. The 10-month institute will focus on providing an overview of the UNC System, its operations and leadership development opportunities.

The participants include:

  • Lori Anderson, Ph.D., dean and professor, College of Health and Human Sciences, Western Carolina University
  • Kristen Bonatz, deputy general counsel, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Sonja Brown, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for academic and faculty affairs, Fayetteville State University
  • Beth Bumgardner, Ph.D., dean of mathematics, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
  • Regina Davis, Ph.D., associate provost for student success, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Ramona Denby-Brinson, Ph.D., dean and professor, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Laurel Donley, vice provost of student affairs, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Jessica Floyd, general counsel, PBS North Carolina
  • Elizabeth French, associate dean for strategic initiatives, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Haley Gingles, chief marketing and communications officer, Winston-Salem State University
  • Patrice Goldmon, associate general counsel, UNCSA
  • Jodi John Pippin, director of development, The North Carolina Arboretum
  • Jaime Kelsky, associate vice chancellor for human resources and chief human resources officer, NCSSM
  • Sheri Leavens, assistant dean for student success and academic advising, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Kevin Lineberry, deputy director, NC Higher Education Programs, North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority
  • Shamica Long Lane, Ed.D., assistant vice chancellor and chief human resources officer, Elizabeth City State University
  • Michael Madritch, Ph.D., dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Appalachian State University
  • Akua Matherson, chief financial officer and vice chancellor for administration and finance, North Carolina Central University
  • Charlie Mewshaw, chief information security officer, FSU
  • Charleata Neal, interim director of employee relations, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Tina Nelson-Moss, Ph.D., director, risk assessment case manager, NC State University
  • Ben Pendry, associate vice chancellor for development, WCU
  • Randy Penfield, Ph.D., dean, School of Education, UNC Greensboro
  • Sharon Raynor, Ph.D., interim associate vice chancellor of academic affairs and student success, ECSU
  • Angela Revels, assistant vice chancellor for human resources, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Edel Segovia, Ed.D., director of Centro Hispano, UNC Wilmington
  • Kyle Smith, Ed.D., dean of students and associate vice chancellor of student affairs, UNC Pembroke
  • Chris Stansbury, senior associate vice chancellor for student affairs, East Carolina University
  • Jason Stogner, director of emergency management, Winston-Salem State
  • Ivy Taylor, Ed.D., senior advisor to the president, University of North Carolina System Office
  • Yvonne Villanueva-Russell, Ph.D., provost, University of North Carolina Asheville
  • Michele Wallen, Ph.D., department chair, Health Education and Promotion, ECU
  • Greg Weeks, Ph.D., associate dean for faculty affairs, UNC Charlotte

Established in 2019, the Executive Leadership Institute is designed to develop a pipeline of well-prepared, highly qualified future leaders from all institutions in the UNC System. Since the program’s inception, there have been 100 participants, of which 29 have been promoted to leadership positions within the UNC System.

“The UNC Executive Leadership Institute leverages the incredible expertise of our leadership, faculty and staff across the UNC System,” said Lynn Duffy, senior associate vice president of leadership development and talent acquisition. “The institute is a key Systemwide initiative to drive talent retention, executive development and succession planning.”

“The Executive Leadership Institute is an important investment in the future,” said University of North Carolina System President Peter Hans. “We are blessed to have a large pool of brilliant and dedicated colleagues right here within the System, and it makes sense to nurture that talent, putting time and resources into developing those leaders.”

Learning modules are designed to deepen expertise essential for success at the executive level. Five interactive and experiential immersion modules will be delivered via a hybrid of virtual and face-to-face instruction at UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina A&T and UNC Charlotte during the program. The team and individual executive coaching component will be provided in partnership with UNC Wilmington.

Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate and the benefits of an ELI alumni network. Graduates will have the opportunity to build relationships and professional networks with previous and future cohorts, ensuring promising talent continues to develop across the UNC System. For more information, visit the Executive Leadership Institute website.