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Amy Korthank, Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board Chair
Meagan Hagerty, Incoming Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board Chair
Leigh Cunningham, Emerging Leaders Program Coordinator

NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising is committed to providing opportunities for professional development, networking, and leadership for our diverse membership (Vision and Mission).  Association strategic goals include developing and sustaining effective leadership, as well as fostering inclusive practices within the association that respect the principle of equity and the diversity of advising professionals across the vast array of intersections of identity (Strategic Goals). To support these goals, the NACADA Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) was developed in 2006, as an initiative from the (then) Diversity Committee (now the Inclusion & Engagement Committee), to encourage members from diverse backgrounds to explore and get involved in leadership opportunities within the organization. 

Each year, beginning with the 2007-2009 Class, 10 Emerging Leaders and 10 Mentors are selected for the two-year program. Leaders are matched with Mentors who have a wide range of experience within NACADA, from research and publication to serving on the Board of Directors. Leaders and Mentors work closely to connect the Leaders to the areas of the association they are interested in and develop a plan for continued involvement and growth within the association. Emerging Leaders receive a $2,000 stipend to assist them with travel to NACADA conferences, institutes, and seminars, helping to promote their engagement and involvement.

With more than a decade of successful leadership development now behind us, we are excited to recognize the many members of the Emerging Leaders classes who have served in elected and appointed positions—as chairs of NACADA regions, advising communities, committees, advisory boards, and task forces—as well as those who have stepped up to leadership in other service, scholarship, and research areas. ELPers have already made a lasting contribution to NACADA and have a long list of accomplishments.

The 2018-2020 Emerging Leaders and Mentors, who began work at the 2018 Annual Conference in Phoenix, have been diligently pursuing their goals over the past two years and look forward to receiving their Certificates of Completion this October. They will be recognized in a Virtual Awards Ceremony Video.

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Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board Chair Amy Korthank is pleased to announce the 2020-2022 NACADA Emerging Leaders and Mentors

Emerging Leaders

Philip Aguinaga, University of North Texas
Amber Bollinger, College of Charleston
Maria Domingo, California State University San Bernardino
Leah Frierson, University of Richmond
Bri Harvie, Mount Royal University
Cassie Jaquez, New Mexico State University
Iyabode Okoro, Indiana University School of Medicine
Camille Reid, The University of West Georgia
David To, San Diego State University 
Anna Traykova, Kennesaw State University


Christina Bowles, Missouri State University
Suanne Early, University of Kentucky
Jonathan Hallford, Auburn University
Andrea Harris, Pepperdine University
Kerry Kincanon, Oregon State University
Christopher Kirchhof, University of Pittsburgh
Patricia MacMillan, Ontario Tech University
Sam Murdock, Texas A&M University
Jesse Poole, Nevada State College
Maureen Schafer, University of Iowa

The new Class of Emerging Leaders and Mentors have been meeting over the summer and will continue working virtually and on-site to create partnerships and begin development, conversation, and group-building. Partners will develop goals pertaining to leadership in NACADA over the next six months and continue their work together over the two-year program.

Visit the Emerging Leaders Program website for more information and consider applying for the 2021-2023 Class!

Amy Korthank
ELP Advisory Board Chair, 2018-2020
University of Iowa

Meagan Hagerty
ELP Advisory Board Chair, 2020-2022
University of Minnesota

Leigh Cunningham
ELP Coordinator
NACADA Executive Office
Kansas State University


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