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College of Business dean to return to classroom, direct leader's program

April 23, 2001

Dr. Carmen Reagan will be stepping down from her post as dean of the College of Business, effective June 30, to become the director of the President's Emerging Leaders Program.

"I needed a change after serving so long as dean of the College of Business," Reagan said. "Since I had worked many years with Dr. John Butler on the program, I asked to be named to that position when he retired."

In addition to directing the President's Emerging Leader's Program (PELP), Reagan will return to the classroom as a professor of marketing.

When PELP was launched in 1989, it was the only program of its kind in the region, a learning experienced designed to prepare select students to assume a leadership role in their community. Participants come from various majors across the curriculum and attend the University on a PELP scholarship. They take special courses in leadership and participate in specific activities in addition to courses in their major.

Reagan is eager to assume the role of director and has a broad vision for the program. "I hope we can eventually develop a Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development," she said. "That will enable us to broaden opportunities for degree and non-degree-seeking students to increase their ability to become innovative leaders of business and community organizations."

Her goals for the program include collaborating with others within and beyond the community who have common interests in leadership and community development, seeking grants to provide additional enrichment opportunities for students in the program and to support other leadership development programs and projects.

"Austin Peay has a strong reputation as a pacesetter in leadership education and a long history of helping organizations to develop," she says. "So we're in a good position to reach a higher and broader level of service and to advance our position as a role model in leadership education."

Reagan came to Austin Peay from UT-Chattanooga in 1988 as associate professor of marketing and served as interim dean for a year prior to her appointment in 1992 as dean.