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UTM reps named to Leadership Institute

MARTIN, Tenn. – Three representatives from the University of Tennessee at Martin were about the 24 people from campuses and institutes across the University of Tennessee System who were chosen to make up the 2024 class of the University of Tennessee Executive Leadership Institute.


The institute, which is operated by the UT Institute for Public Service’s Naifeh Center for

Effective Leadership, develops exceptional executive leaders for the needs of the University of Tennessee System.  The institute targets leadership requirements for those already holding executive positions.


Participants from UT Martin include Dr. Jackie Johnson, assistant vice chancellor for alumni

relations and annual giving; Dr. Danny Pirtle, associate professor of criminal justice; and Dr.

Jessie Thoman, professor of music.


Dr. Jessie Thoman
Dr. Danny Pirtle
Dr. Jessie Thoman


The institute considers enterprise leadership to be a distinctive type requiring a modern new

paradigm to address top-level administrators’ demands. Consequently, participants will be

introduced to an enterprise issue-based model, supported by leadership competencies, enhanced by executive coaching sessions and strengthened by peer mentoring, for the following purposes:

  • To increase enterprise viewpoint for UT executives

  • To strengthen collaboration across the enterprise

  • To extend the innovation platform at the enterprise level

  • To add value for all UT campuses and institutes

  • To identify and enhance each participant’s unique strengths and opportunities.


Members of the fifth cohort will begin their year-long journey with an orientation Jan. 23 in Nashville.

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