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Meagan Hagerty, 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. Emering 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. Emerging Leaders and Mentors work closely to connect the Emerging 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 2019-2021 Emerging Leaders and Mentors, who began work at the 2019 Annual Conference in Louisville, have been diligently pursuing their goals over the past two years and look forward to receiving their Certificates of Completion this October.

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Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board Chair Meagan Hagerty is pleased to announce the 2021-2023 NACADA Emerging Leaders and Mentors

Emerging Leaders

Thomas Beckwith, Santa Fe College
Jen Berry, Indiana University-Bloomington
Vanessa Correa, George Mason University
Carlota Deseda-Coon, Syracuse University
Tyler Hall, Dalhousie University
Christopher (Cody) Harrison, Lincoln Memorial University
Courtney Lewellen, Indiana University School of Medicine
Gerron Scott, Virginia Commonwealth University
Winnie Tang, University of California-Santa Cruz
Kendyl Walker, Goucher College


Scott Byington, Central Carolina Community College
Lindsey Byrd, Coastal Alabama Community College
William (Bill) Johnson, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Erin Justyna, Texas Tech University
Cecilia Olivares, University of Missouri-Columbia
Wiona Porath, Johns Hopkins University
Wendy Schindler, Northern Kentucky University
Kevin Thomas, University of Central Arkansas
Wendy Troxel, Kansas State University
Nathan Vickers, University of Texas at Austin

The new Class of new 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 2022-2024 Class!

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

Leigh Cunningham
ELP Coordinator
NACADA Executive Office
Kansas State University

Cite this article using APA style as: Hagerty, M. & Cunningham, L. (2021, September). NACADA emerging leaders program provides leadership development and networking opportunities. Academic Advising Today, 44(3). [insert url here] 


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