New Class of Faculty, Staff Begin Leadership U Training

  • September 16th, 2021

Fourteen University of Alabama faculty and staff from a wide range of divisions, departments and colleges have been selected as the 2021-2022 cohort of Leadership U.

Leadership U is a program under the Office for Academic Affairs that prepares UA employees who are already in leadership positions to take on even greater responsibility.

In addition to workshops to assess their personal strengths as a leader and develop their leadership skills, the cohort will meet with University leaders throughout the academic year to learn more about the University, its goals and mission, and the leadership styles of UA’s top administrators.

Faculty participants also are part of the Southeastern Conference’s Academic Development Leadership Program.

The program runs from August to May.

Leadership U 2021-2022 Cohort Members

Angela Benson

Dr. Angela D. Benson

Professor and Department Head, Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies,
College of Education

Laura Braddick

Laura Braddick

Assistant Director of Communications for Content and Collaboration,
Division of Strategic Communications

Brandon Chalmers

Brandon Chalmers

Coordinator of Student Recruitment,
Honors College

Allison Drake

Allison Drake

Executive Director of Advancement Operations,
Division of Advancement

Kathleen Duffy

Kathleen Duffy

Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life,
Division of Student Life

Lou Marino

Dr. Lou Marino

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management and Department Head, Department of Management,
Culverhouse College of Business

Darren Moss

Darren Moss

Director of Environmental Health and Safety,
Division of Finance and Operations

Ashley Olive

Ashley Olive

Executive Director of Community Engagement,
College of Continuing Studies

Drew Pearl

Dr. Drew Pearl

Director of Community Engagement, Research and Publications,
Center for Community-Based Partnerships

Tyler Roberts

Dr. Tyler Roberts

Assistant Director of Student Services,
College of Engineering

Delores Robinson

Dr. Delores Robinson

Professor and Chair, Department of Geological Sciences,
College of Arts and Sciences

Melinda Wallace

Dr. Melinda Wallace

Director of Enterprise Operations Administration and Contracts,
Division of Finance and Operations

Rebecca Whitley

Rebecca Whitley

Assistant Director of Student Services,
College of Arts and Sciences

Melissa Wilmarth

Dr. Melissa Wilmarth

Associate Professor, Department of Consumer Sciences,
Assistant Dean, College of Human Environmental Sciences


Jamon Smith, UA Strategic Communications,

The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.