Hunter NewDr. Hunter Phillips Goodman graduated in the Summer of 2014.  Her dissertation research explored the role of university leadership in civic engagement within private liberal arts institutions.

“The PhD Leadership program at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) has helped me explore and connect my practical experience as a leader in the nonprofit and higher education arenas with theory and research,” said Goodman.  “It has deepened my theoretical understanding and practical application of leadership.”

Currently, Dr. Goodman serves as the Executive Director of Development at the University of Central Arkansas.

Nationally, she serves as immediate past chairperson of the IMPACT National Student Conference on Service, Action, and Advocacy board of directors.




Dr. Wesley Alford graduated in the Summer of 2014.  His dissertation examined how perceived employee-leader relationships and the employee’s public service motives explain the individual’s job satisfaction and organizational commitment.

“The LEAD program helped me grow professionally as a researcher and individually
as an emerging leader.”

Currently, Dr. Alford serves as a Senior Organizational Development Consultant at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.