Dr. Jeff Marker and Kate Maine recently completed the University System of Georgia's Executive Leadership Institute (ELI), a comprehensive 120-hour development program designed to enhance scholars' leadership skills to prepare for potential high-level advancement within the USG. Marker is the chair of the Department of Communication, Media & Journalism in UNG's College of Arts & Letters. Maine is associate vice president of university relations.
Marker and Maine completed the eight-month program in April. In addition to leadership development sessions, ELI scholars participated in a 360-degree performance assessment, a personality assessment, cross-mentoring groups, job shadowing of other leaders in the USG, and change-oriented projects submitted by USG institutions.
Many other University of North Georgia faculty and staff have participated in ELI, since its inception in 2009. The 2009-2010 cohort included Dr. Bryson Payne, Dr. Al Panu, Jeff Davis, and Dr. Alicia Caudill. The 2010-2011 cohort included Dr. Donna Mayo, Dr. Patricia Donat, Dr. Tom Nelson, Mack Palmour, and Dr. Eric Skipper. The 2011-2012 cohort included Jeff Boggan, Dr. Terri Carroll, Dr. Mary Lou Bryant Frank, Dr. Chaudron Gille, and Dr. Irene Kokkala. The 2013-2014 cohort included Drs. Brenda Findley and Kristen Roney. The 2014-2015 cohort included Dr. Deborah Prosser. (There was no ELI cohort in 2012-2013).