Skip to main content

About Us

The Cal Turner Program was originally conceived by Cal Turner, Jr., then Chairman and CEO of Dollar General Corporation, and Joseph Hough, Dean Emeritus of the Vanderbilt Divinity School. Together, they envisioned a program that would investigate the dimensions of moral leadership with the goal of producing better leaders who represent high achievement in their professional spheres and leadership through their professions for the common good. Cal Turner, Jr. endowed the program in 1994 in the name of his father, Cal Turner, co-founder of Dollar General Stores Corporation.


Graham Reside, PhD, Executive Director    
Graham headshotGraham Reside comes to the Cal Turner Program with a background in leadership development and academic training in the areas of sociology of religion and morality. His interests include ethics, sociology of culture and religion, sociology of the professions, and the sociology of emotions. Dr. Reside's research and teaching interests are in the role of social institutions as schools of moral formation. Through the shaping of our ideas, values and sentiments, the various professional spheres provide particular moral understandings of the virtuous self and the good society. As the director of the Cal Turner Program, Graham seeks to facilitate discussions across the various professions about their moral purposes and perspectives and to encourage professionals to consider how they contribute to the common good.

Laine Walters Young, PhD,  Assistant Director of the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions 

Board of Directors

Dr. Emilie Townes,  Dean, Vanderbilt Divinity School
Dr. Bart VictorCal Turner Professor of Moral Leadership
Dr. Graham Reside, Executive Director, Assistant Professor Vanderbilt Divinity