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Cumberland Adds Center for Strategic Leadership

1/21/2010
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LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University President Dr. Harvill Eaton announced today the formation of the Cumberland University Center for Strategic Leadership and the appointment of Dr. Scott T. Massey, President and CEO of The Meridian Institute of Indianapolis, as the founding Director of the new Center and a professor in Cumberland’s School of Education and Public Service.
 
“Cumberland University, the oldest private university in Middle Tennessee, has educated generations of leaders for our region and the nation,” President Eaton said. “Cumberland graduates have contributed to the rich culture and economic vitality of our area and country since 1842, and with the new Center and Dr. Massey’s appointment, we intend to renew and expand the University’s commitment and contributions in these areas.”
 
The new Center for Strategic Leadership will bring this legacy into the 21st century with a focus on how the region can best respond to the rapid pace of innovation, the competition of the global economy, and the opportunities for growth and future prosperity. Details of the mission and programs are in formation, and the Center’s role will be developed in collaboration with key leaders and with efforts already underway in the region. Further, research on the region’s major needs, assets and opportunities will be conducted by the Center as it defines the mission of the initiative.
 
“Our desire is to do this in the right way,” says Dr. Massey. “The Center aims to collaborate with leaders and organizations and to identify ways to add value and impact.” 
 
Dr. Massey comes to Cumberland with broad experience and success in leadership and regional strategies. In Indiana, he founded and leads The Meridian Institute, and formerly served as Founding President and CEO of The Learning Collaborative and President and CEO of the Indiana Humanities Council.
 
Nationally, Dr. Massey serves on a board with the Council on Competitiveness in Washington, D.C.; an advisory board for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City; the Board of the Ball State University Center for Historic Preservation in Muncie, Ind.; as Program Director with the Liberty Fund; and advisor to the English Bonner Hamilton Foundation. With Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame, Ball State University and Indiana University, he also is chairing a state summit on innovation and global business development.
 
At the request of The Ford Foundation, Dr. Massey chaired the national Aspen Institute Summit on rethinking the liberal arts and humanities. He is the author of Renewing American Culture:  The Pursuit of Happiness, and an Emmy-nominated television producer for his work as Executive Producer on a national PBS documentary on the future of American culture.
 
Dr. Massey’s work has focused on economic competitiveness, education technology and cultural strategy. At the Humanities Council, he oversaw a statewide grant-making program for universities and cultural institutions and served as Director and Principal Author and Editor for Habits of the Heart, a publication on philanthropy. Through the Learning Collaborative, Dr. Massey created the nation’s first smart desktop for teachers. The desktop integrates student performance data with Indiana’s academic standards and with rich educational materials to improve student achievement.
 
He is also the founder of Leadership Indiana, an initiative that created a network of 5,000 of Indiana’s top corporate, government, education and nonprofit leaders. The program was developed to connect, inform and mobilize leaders across Indiana to address the impact of globalization on the state and to develop new strategies to increase the state’s economic competitiveness.
 
He also founded and created the Governor’s Award for Tomorrow’s Leaders, a program designed to retain talent and reverse the state’s “brain drain.” As a result of the impact of his work in leadership, Dr. Massey was presented a “Sagamore Award” by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, the state’s highest award for service.
 
Dr. Massey brings his experience and continuing work with the Council on Competitiveness to Cumberland University, where he will lead the development of a new center dedicated to advancing the area’s strategic competitiveness, leadership, and global brand.
 
For further information about the program or Cumberland University, please contact Communications Director Jo Jo Freeman at 615/547-1307 or jfreeman@cumberland.edu.