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.

LEADERSHIP-0094(1)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,” said Alford.

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

LEADERSHIP-0128Dr. P. Hope Coleman graduated in the Summer of 2015. Her dissertation was a phenomenological study of spiritual leadership.

Dr. Coleman reflected on the LEAD program, “My experience in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Leadership Studies program was invaluable to me.  Not only did I experience professional growth as an academician, I also discovered the surprising joy of research in the area of spiritual leadership, a field of study for which I am passionate.”

Dr. Coleman currently serves as the Academic and Spiritual Counselor for Baptist Health College Little Rock.

LEADERSHIP-0130Dr. Lyle M. Rupert graduated in the Summer of 2015.  His dissertation focused on faculty perception on change readiness in Liberal Arts colleges.

Looking back on his journey, Lyle said, “From the very first day of class through the final revision of my dissertation, I felt great support from everyone in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Leadership program.  The director, the teachers, and my committee members provided the necessary structure and advice to help me succeed.  I appreciate the time and expertise they shared with me.  I also value the friendships I’ve made with my colleagues and look forward to working with them on future endeavors.  We are well-prepared for lives as scholar leaders.”

Dr. Rupert currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Economics and Business at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

Malcolm Glover

Dr. Malcolm Elliott Glover graduated in the Fall of 2015. His research examined the interrelated nature of gendered leadership, conflict management, and cultural identity at a global nonprofit organization and it explored the ways leaders manage a multicultural workforce to address humanitarian challenges in an interdependent world.

“The Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership program aided my understanding of the actions and motivations of leaders who seek solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems that plague our society,” said Glover.

Currently, Dr. Glover serves as Director of the Delta Veterans Program at ARVets, an Arkansas-based nonprofit that provides services to veterans and their families.

Nationally, he is a writer and editor for the Advise the President Book Series, a joint educational endeavor between the National Archives and the Kettering Foundation that assess the policies of U.S. Presidents.

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Dr. Barrett W. M. Petty graduated in the Fall of 2015.  His dissertation explored factors that contribute to the completion of programs of study at Arkansas institutions of higher education for African American males.

“I’ve always had a passion for numbers.  The Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership program supported my efforts in providing clear and rich themes from numerical data so that everyone can easily be informed of current trends,” said Petty.

Dr. Petty has presented at several Association of Teacher Educators national conferences and the first inaugural African and African American Studies Research Symposium at UCA. Currently, Dr. Petty serves as the Director of College Transitions at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter Schools.

Jamie Earls

Dr. Jamie Earls graduated in the Fall of 2015.  Her dissertation focused on meeting the needs of student veterans through integrative leadership in higher education.

Currently, Dr. Earls serves as Faculty Advisor to the International Association of Emergency Managers Student Chapter at Arkansas Tech University. She is also a member of the Arkansas Crisis Response Team.


Luan ZhiDr. Luan Zhi graduated in the Fall of 2015.  His dissertation explored the contemporary significance of Confucian leadership models.

Luan reflected on the LEAD program, “LEAD helps you comprehensively understand leadership. It broadens your mind on leadership theories and practice, and makes you sufficiently informed and prepared to serve with leadership roles in your organizations and communities in future. From my learning in this program, I have become aware that leadership is a power — it is a power of love and wisdom.”

Currently, Luan serves as a Graduate Assistant in the Leadership Studies program at UCA.