LEAD21 Announces its 19th Class of Land-grant Leaders

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UTIA’s Jennie Ivey and Andrew Muhammad Join this National Leadership Program

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Two members of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture faculty were selected for the 19th class of the Leadership for the 21st Century (LEAD21) program. Jennie Ivey, an associate professor and equine Extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science, and Andrew Muhammad, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Blasingame Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Policy, were selected for the leadership program. LEAD21 is aimed at developing leaders in land-grant institutions and their strategic partners who link research, academics and extension for leadership roles at colleges and universities across the nation.

Ashley Stokes, dean of UT Extension, congratulates the two on being selected for the program. “Dr. Ivey and Dr. Muhammad are two of UTIA’s most accomplished experts in their respective fields, and we are extraordinarily proud they have been selected for LEAD21.”

“LEAD21 is a long-standing leadership development program that has supported faculty and administrators across our land-grant system for nearly 20 years.” said Cynda Clary, LEAD21 Board of Directors Chair and Associate Dean for the Ferguson College of Agriculture at Oklahoma State University (OSU). “Our land-grant systems continue to evolve to better address society’s needs. With each challenge and opportunity, prepared leaders are needed to step up and move us forward. LEAD21 helps build this leadership capacity within and across institutions.”

“We are honored to support the aspirations of land-grant leaders from across the country,” said Rochelle Sapp, LEAD21 Program Director and Leadership Development Specialist in the Office of Learning and Organizational Development at the University of Georgia. “With each successive class, we have seen the benefits of providing these leaders with opportunities to focus on their personal leadership skills, goals, and style. As we’ve seen a tremendous shift in leadership over the past year, we have also been able to see the power of the LEAD21 alumni moving into these high-level leadership positions to create a lasting foundation of strong leaders for the land-grant system.”

LEAD21 provides an immersive professional development program for academic leaders from the land-grant system. Working in regular small groups meetings combined with three week-long immersive sessions, the participants will learn effective leadership skills for increasingly complex higher education environments as well as strategies for influencing institutional transformation in their current and future leadership positions.

The LEAD21 program is targeted at faculty specialists, program and team leaders, research station and center directors, district and regional directors, department heads and chairs, and others in land-grant universities’ colleges of agricultural, environmental, and human sciences and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

More information about the LEAD21 program, including a list of 90 participating faculty and administrators selected for Class 19 of the LEAD21 program, can be found at lead-21.org.

Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. utia.tennessee.edu.

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Jennie Ivey, UT Extension

Andrew Muhammad, Agricultural and Resource Economics