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ETSU’s Wykoff named to seventh cohort of Leadership Tennessee

Contributed • Jun 14, 2019 at 5:48 PM

Dr. Randy Wykoff, dean of East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health, is one of 46 leaders from rural and urban communities across Tennessee who will spend the next year engaging in collaborative, non-partisan dialogue on issues of statewide importance through Leadership Tennessee’s class of 2019-20.

Entering its seventh year, Leadership Tennessee selects a new class of leaders annually to take part in a statewide study course while visiting different areas of Tennessee, learning best practices and analyzing important issues faced by Tennesseans.

To date, Leadership Tennessee has built a network of 246 leaders across the state. Among that group is ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland, who served in the third cohort of Leadership Tennessee in 2015-16.

Wykoff said he is honored to be among the leaders chosen this year for collaborative dialogue on the state’s biggest issues.

“Economic development, education and health care are key to improving health and well-being,” said Wykoff. “Leadership Tennessee is one of the few opportunities that leaders from all of these areas get together and can actually talk and explore what others are doing to solve the problems and issues affecting our state.”

Wykoff is the founding dean of ETSU’s College of Public Health, a position he has held since 2006. During that time, enrollment in the college has doubled, and externally funded research has more than quadrupled.

The college was recently ranked in the top third for all schools and programs of public health in the country, and Project EARTH and the Niswonger VILLAGE at ETSU’s Eastman Valleybrook campus were recognized with the award for the most innovative public health curriculum in the country.

Before coming to ETSU, Wykoff was the senior vice president for International Operations at Project HOPE, responsible for overseeing all international health and humanitarian assistance programs in more than 30 countries. He also served as the deputy assistant secretary for health (Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Wykoff and the other members of the seventh cohort of Leadership Tennessee will meet for the first time in August and throughout the year in locations across all three of Tennessee’s Grand Divisions.

“Tennessee has a lot of momentum right now, but Tennesseans continue to face significant challenges that require new and innovative partnerships to overcome them,” said Cathy Cate, executive director of Leadership Tennessee. “Each class brings its own unique perspective and insight to the conversation, and we’re excited about Class VII joining the Leadership Tennessee network.”

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