MC Vice President Seymour attends Harvard's Institute for Educational Management

June 16, 2003

Maryville College’s Vice President and Dean of Students Dr. Bill Seymour has been accepted into Harvard’s Institute for Educational Management (IEM) and will participate in the program held in Cambridge, Mass., later this summer.

Dr. Gerald Gibson, president of Maryville College, and Mark Cate, vice president for advancement and admissions, recommended Seymour for the prestigious program. Seymour was then selected for admission to the highly competitive IEM program by its Admissions Committee, which judges applicants on the basis of their scope of responsibility, depth and breadth of experience and potential for continued leadership.

“ Bill Seymour sees himself, not merely as a Student Development professional, but as an educator,” Gibson said. “He has a vision for the full range of the student experience as it shapes and teaches skills and values. At this liberal arts college, he speaks with understanding and passion about ‘whole-person’ education, and he has led his staff in creating a student development curriculum, with educational goals for every unit in the division.”

Gibson said Seymour is already a capable vice president, but added, “the dimensions provided by IEM will better equip him to take on the leadership challenges of the new Window of Opportunity Plan, the strategic plan that will take the College to a new level of accomplishment and reputation over the next five years.”

Seymour is the second administrator from the College to attend IEM in recent years; Cate attended the Institute in 2002.

The IEM curriculum is designed for administrators who are responsible for and help mold institution-wide policy. This year’s itinerary focuses on four major concepts: Senior leadership, the many contexts of leadership, higher education (a changing industry) and mobilizing for change.

The program employs learning techniques such as case study discussions, formal lectures, faculty-facilitated small-group discussions, videos, role plays and interaction with senior-level higher education administrators. Participants have access to the Harvard library system, museums, theater productions and athletic facilities.

“ The Harvard Institute for Educational Management is perhaps the most prestigious professional development opportunity in higher education administration. It is an honor to be selected to the 2003 Class,” Seymour said. “It is my hope to use this opportunity to develop and strengthen my management skills, broaden my perspective on issues critical to college administration in today’s society, and form new professional connections.

“ It is my hope that the knowledge gained at IEM will enable me to better serve Maryville College and its students,” he added.

IEM’s Admissions Committee aims to assemble a diverse group of administrators each year. Other 2003 participants include senior-level administrators from institutions such as Carleton College, Minn.; Davidson College, N.C.; Elmhurst College, Ill.; Florida State University; Lewis & Clark College, Ore..; Mount Holyoke College, Mass.; Rice University, Texas; Spelman College, Ga; Tufts University, Mass.; and the University of California-Berkeley.

Ten representatives from colleges and universities in seven different countries are also included in the 2003 Class.

IEM is part of Harvard’s Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE), which has been offering comprehensive professional development programs for 35 years. Participants in any HIHE program can expect to gain new perspectives on leadership, engage in personal reflection and create effective professional networks.

Seymour came to Maryville College in 1995. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY-Oswego (1979), a master’s degree in counseling and personnel services (1981), and a Ph.D. in higher and adult education, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1989).


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.