Russell G. Hamilton Leadership Institute Planning Group

Charge: The Russell G. Hamilton Leadership Institute planning group is charged with crafting recommendations for an institute that will provide graduates students  with professional leadership training and robust career development support. The planning group is also charged with finding ways to incorporate additional opportunities for real-world interdisciplinary research. The development of the Russell G. Hamilton Leadership Institute was announced in June 2017 as one of four pillars for investment of a $300 million endowment in graduate education.

  • Mark Wallace, dean, Graduate School; Louise B. McGavock Chair, professor, hearing and speech sciences, School of Medicine; chair;
  • Thomas Cienki, graduate student, College of Arts and Science;
  • Bruce Damon, director, chemical and physical biology program, associate professor, radiology and radiological sciences, School of Medicine;
  • Sara Eccleston, graduate student, Peabody College;
  • Katherine Friedman, director, graduate studies, associate professor, biological sciences, College of Arts and Science;
  • Melissa Gresalfi, director, graduate studies, associate professor, mathematics education, Peabody College;
  • Zachery Lonergan, graduate student, School of Medicine;
  • Kevin Murphy, Andrew J. Mellon Chair in the Humanities, professor, history of art, Faculty Senate representative;
  • Chelsea Peters, graduate student, College of Arts and Science;
  • Cynthia Reinhart-King, director, graduate studies in biomedical engineering, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair, professor, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering;
  • Sheila Ridner, director, PhD in nursing science program, Martha Rivers Ingram Chair and Professor, School of Nursing;
  • Tiffany Tung, Chancellor Faculty Fellow, director, graduate studies, associate professor, anthropology, College of Arts and Science;
  • Duane Watson, associate professor, psychology and human development, College of Arts and Science;
  • Alissa Weaver, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor, cell and developmental biology, School of Medicine; and
  • Bob Webster, Chancellor Faculty Fellow, associate professor, mechanical engineering, School of Engineering.
  • Kim Petrie, assistant dean, biomedical career development, School of Medicine (ex officio)
  • Ruth Schemmer, assistant dean, career development, Graduate School (ex officio)