UL System announces 2019 Leadership class

The University of Louisiana System is announcing its Management and Leadership Institute class of 2019. Selected participants are faculty and staff representatives from the System’s nine member institutions who have exhibited potential for increased responsibility and achievement within higher education.

“M&LI is a rigorous program designed to further develop the talent found throughout our System,” UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson said. “I met the 2019 class last week at UL Lafayette during their first meeting and am already impressed at the depth of knowledge and breadth of diversity, both demographic and experiential, of the group. Investing in the professional growth of these emerging leaders will help ensure our systemic efforts to drive educational attainment and economic competitiveness in Louisiana are successful.”

Members of the 2019 class include:

  • Quaneshia Armstrong
    Lecturer and Operations Project Manager
    Grambling State University
  • Rudolph Ellis
    Assistant Director Residential Life
    Grambling State University
  • Sheilah Facuette
    Associate Vice President for Finance & Administration
    Grambling State University
  • Lindsey Keith-Vincent
    Director, SciTEC and Office of Professional Educator Outreach, Adjunct Instructor of Education
    Louisiana Tech University
  • Devonia Love Vaughn
    Director of Multicultural Recruitment & Retention
    Louisiana Tech University
  • Michael Buckles
    Dean, College of Liberal Arts
    McNeese State University
  • Tanner Stines
    Associate Athletic Director-Administration & Operations
    McNeese State University
  • Michele Caruso
    Dean of Students, Assistant Professor
    Nicholls State University
  • Brigett Scott
    Department Head, Associate Professor of Dietetics, Allied Health Sciences
    Nicholls State University
  • Steven Kenney
    Director, Human Resources
    Nicholls State University
  • Fran Lemoine
    Associate Professor and Director, School of Biological and Physical Science
    Northwestern State University
  • Kimberly Gallow
    Assistant Director of Development, NSU Foundation
    Northwestern State University
  • Mohammad Saadeh
    Associate Professor, Computer Science and Technology
    Southeastern Louisiana University
  • John Paul Domiano
    Budget Director
    Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Margarita Perez
    Dean of Students
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Peter Sheppard
    Professor and Department Head of Educational Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Christopher Gissendanner
    Associate Professor, Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy
    University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Julia Letlow
    Director, Marketing & Communications
    University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Warren Davis
    Associate Vice President for Facility Services
    University of New Orleans
  • Kim Williams
    Associate Professor, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Director, Graduate Coordinator
    University of New Orleans

The Universities of Louisiana Management and Leadership Institute launched in 2017. The 9-month institute immerses participants in rigorous program designed to gain a deeper understanding for effective leadership in higher education. Throughout the two semesters, members visit each of the nine universities and ultimately produce a group project that addresses some of the challenges we face as a higher education enterprise.
The goals for institute participants include:

  • Gain familiarity with contemporary challenges facing academic and administrative leaders;
  • Deepen understanding of fundamental perspectives and concepts of leadership as they apply in higher education;
  • Enhance personal and professional leadership competencies;
  • Advance the UL System by leading a system-based group project from conception through completion;
  • Increase understanding of important dimensions of higher education administration, including organizational structure and mission, governance, finance and budgeting, legal and regulatory issues, diversity and ethics.