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CHAPEL HILL, NC – The University of North Carolina System has named a select group of 26 participants to the third cohort of the UNC System Executive Leadership Institute.

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

The participants are:

  • Steve Agostini, associate vice chancellor for Budget and Finance, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ashley Allen, interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Kortni Campbell, vice chancellor of Admission and Financial Aid, University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • Valerie Giddings, chair, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Samantha Hargrove, chief of staff, Fayetteville State University
  • Dan Harrison, senior associate vice president, Academic and Regulatory Affairs, UNC System Office
  • Tanya Hudson, chair and associate professor, College of Education, Fayetteville State University
  • Andrea Hunter, professor, Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Santonius Isom, chief audit, risk and compliance officer, Winston-Salem State University and University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Alicia Knight, associate vice chancellor for University Real Estate and Development, North Carolina State University
  • Jamie Lathan, vice chancellor for extended learning, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
  • Nichole Lewis, assistant vice chancellor/dean of students, Elizabeth City State University
  • Christopher Locklear, chief of staff, East Carolina University
  • Rebekah Lowry, director of Alumni Relations, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Claire Machamer, vice chancellor for Strategic Communications, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Angela Mahoney, associate vice chancellor/chief human resources officer, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Hector Molina, vice chancellor for information technology services, Fayetteville State University
  • Pinku Mukherjee, associate dean for Research and Graduate Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Donyell Roseboro, chief diversity officer, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Brandon Schwab, associate provost, Western Carolina University
  • Arwin Smallwood, chair and professor, Department of History and Political Science, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Timothy Smith, professor, Anthropology, Appalachian State University
  • Rennae Stowe, associate professor, Sports Management, Winston-Salem State University
  • Douglas Strasnick, chief of staff, PBS North Carolina
  • Casey Tullos, associate vice chancellor for Housing and Residence Life, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Joe Walker, associate vice chancellor for Facilities Management, Western Carolina University

The Executive Leadership Institute works to share and leverage best practices by building collaboration among participants and their institutions. It includes a focus on enhancing the pool of well-prepared, highly qualified future leaders from Historically Minority-Serving Institutions.

“We have so much talent among our faculty and staff across the System,” said UNC System President Peter Hans. “It makes sense that we put our time and resources into preparing new leaders for the university. The Executive Leadership Institute is an investment in our collective future.”

Learning modules are designed to deepen expertise essential for success at the executive level. Three interactive and experiential immersion modules will be delivered via a hybrid of virtual and face-to-face instruction at N.C. A&T University, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Charlotte over the course of the program. The team and individual executive coaching component will be provided in partnership with UNC Wilmington. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate and the benefits of a mentoring relationship. Graduates will have the opportunity to pay it forward as mentors for future cohorts, ensuring promising talent continues to develop across the UNC System. For more information, visit the Executive Leadership Institute website.