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Doctoral students host leadership conference

“How Global is Local These Days?” was the theme of a campus leadership conference hosted by a team of UTC doctoral students in the Learning and Leadership program. The theme was based on Thomas Friedman’s bestseller, The World is Flat.

Dr. Jim Tucker, Professor and McKee Chair of Excellence, served as faculty sponsor.

Wade Houston
Wade Houston

Tucker said that although Chattanooga is a somewhat insular environment located away from the mainstream of world commerce, the participants in the doctoral program in learning and leadership have expressed the need to become more connected with the issues of globalization.

“Our doctoral program addresses learning as well as leadership, and thus it is important for us to seriously consider the learning needs and the leadership-development needs of our region as we become more and more connected to the rest of the world,” Tucker said.

Conference participants explored the kind of leadership skills needed to best prepare our local community for the impact of globalization; changes needed as leaders respond to globalization; and the kind of learning options and opportunities needed in our region that are not now available.

“At UTC we want to play a supportive role in the development of the learning and the leadership that is needed for our community. We have the potential here to be the most dynamic and yet gracious community on the planet,” Tucker said.

Nell Mohney
Nell Mohney

Wade Houston, Mai Bell Hurley and Nell Mohney were among those presenting at the conference.

Houston currently serves as Executive Vice President of Houston-Johnson, Inc., in Louisville, KY, a logistics and warehouse management provider. In the late 1980s, he joined the University of Tennessee and was the first black head coach in the SEC. Houston has been inducted in the University of Louisville Hall of Fame and Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition to his athletic coaching achievements, Houston excelled in the business sector. He and his college roommate, Charlie W. Johnson, formed a succession of successful companies and partnerships that primarily dealt with the delivery of automobiles and trucks.

Hurley is a native Chattanoogan whose civic work includes service on the boards of The Chattanooga Bicentennial Library, Fortwood Center, Family and Childrens’ Services,The Chattanooga Symphony, Chattanooga Venture, Allied Arts and United Way. Hurley was an original member of the Tennessee Aquarium Board and headed its capital campaign to build the first phase. She was a member of the original River City Company. She served for 11 years on the Chattanooga City Council. Hurley was the first woman elected to that position and the first woman to chair the Council.

Mohney is a motivational author and speaker. She leads seminars for business groups, professional organizations, and church gatherings nationwide. Mohney is the author of several books.

June 29, 2007