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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.

Katharine Baker, PhD, Associate Director    
Kat HeadshotKatharine Baker understands her vocation to be fostering human development, personal and professional. As a teacher and mentor, she works to assist others in becoming self-reflective individuals who can access their own inner wisdom to create new understandings and possibilities for action. She is inspired by the mission of the Cal Turner Program to help professionals form ethical identities that motivate them to work for the common good, collaborating across professional boundaries to address our most challenging social problems. Katharine has taught in the disciplines of professional studies, leadership development, pedagogy, religion and human development, theology, pastoral care, and spirituality. Prior to her academic career, Katharine worked as a professional in nonprofit and corporate settings, providing expertise in writing, corporate communications and both public and employee relations. She aspires to be a life-long learner, and she learns best by teaching.  

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