MC’s Klingensmith selected for TICUA’s Executive Leadership Institute

MC’s Klingensmith selected for TICUA’s Executive Leadership Institute

Sept. 19, 2019

Maryville College’s Dr. Dan Klingensmith, vice president and dean of the College, is one of 14 senior officials from private and independent colleges across the state who were selected to participate in the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association’s (TICUA) Executive Leadership Institute (ELI).

The 2019-20 class is the fourth cohort of the ELI, an innovative leadership development program that prepares university leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to serve students and build healthy campuses.

“The Executive Leadership Institute is unlike any other leadership development program in the state and nation, and we are excited to begin the fourth cohort,” said Claude Pressnell, president of TICUA. “Over the next nine months, these senior campus officials will have the opportunity to learn from each other and leaders in higher education about what it takes to build and sustain a healthy campus that helps students succeed.”

The ELI participants, known as Pressnell Fellows, have been selected by their institution’s president to participate. During the course of the program, they will gain knowledge and insight on key issues related to leading a higher education institution today including, institutional governance, educational policy and politics, strategic planning, friend- and fund-raising, public relations, internal and external communications, enrollment management, academics and faculty relations, and financial management. 

In each of these areas, Fellows learn from content experts and sitting TICUA member presidents and explore solutions to campus-specific questions, problems, issues, or challenges utilizing data-driven decision-making.

ELI graduates have gone on to serve in leadership positions at Tennessee higher education institutions including the presidency of Johnson University, interim presidencies at Martin Methodist University and Carson-Newman University.

2019-20 Pressnell Fellows:

Will Ingram, Associate Vice President and CIO, Belmont University
Kimberly Martin, Vice President of the College of Professional Studies, Bethel University
Tim Hostetler, Vice President of Student Services & Ministries, Bryan College
Eddie Lovin, Executive Director of Enrollment Services, Cumberland University
Matt Roberts, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer, King University
Darlette Samuels, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Lane College
Mark Walker, Vice President for Ministerial Development, Lee University
Allison Duke, Associate Dean, College of Business, Lipscomb University
Daniel McMasters, Vice President, Student Affairs, Martin Methodist College
Dan Klingensmith, Vice President and Dean of the College, Maryville College
Lindsay Elkins, Director of Academic Programs, Southern College of Optometry
Katrina Chapman, Registrar, Trevecca Nazarene University
Candice Lee, Associate Vice Chancellor/Deputy Athletic Director, Vanderbilt University
Craig Mahler, Vice President for Financial Affairs/CFO, Welch College


Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”