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Welcome to the Executive Leadership Consortium. The Consortium was established in 2003. A very strong and active advisory council — represented by business and organizational leaders and faculty — guides our work. This is coupled with an exceptionally committed group of  executive fellows — thought leaders who volunteer their time to share with students and faculty cutting edge practical and real world business applications.

The main purpose of ELC is to bring leaders to campus to interact with students. We believe students’ exposures to leaders will enrich their experiences which further socializes or acculturates them.

Leaders Preparing Leaders is our tagline. We emphasize this because we are very student focused, ELC’s primary stakeholders. Yet, the important role of business leaders is unquestionable. To wit, there is a cross-fertilization taking place that has created a unique esprit de corps.

The Consortium could not have been successful without a whole host of supporters. It takes leadership and vision to launch such an innovative initiative. The forward thinking of so many will prepare students to compete at the highest levels of current and future leadership positions.

The 21st Century presages an increased need for competition, risk and creativity but most importantly, leadership. The experiences of UMSL students have uniquely situated them for opportunities and challenges ahead and we look forward to continuing with this exciting work.


The mission of the UMSL Executive Leadership Consortium/Division of Continuing Education is to prepare students and a cross-section of career professionals to become effective leaders to meet current and future demands in response to regional, state, national and international needs. 


The UMSL Executive Leadership Consortium is a program of exceptional prominence with a global reach.  It serves as a model of choice for leadership experiences and opportunities for UMSL as well as professionals in the region, state, nation and internationally.

  • UMSL Executive Leadership Consortium, as a student-centered program, is foremost committed to students and is the obvious leadership choice for the university.  It. provides students and the community-at-large an exceptional resource for leadership education, training, and advancement.
  • Concomitantly, ELC realizes the importance of partnering and aligning with companies and organizations so that students have access to leadership opportunities after graduation.   Its tagline is:  Leaders Preparing Leaders.
  • ELC partners assist and work within UMSL including colleges, units, programs and other entities to accomplished these objectives.  For example, it identifies and engages leaders willing to mentor and instruct emerging leaders
  • ELC’s mission in preparing students for success and leadership in businesses, government, communications, non-profit and other organizations is broad in scope, collaborating with an extensive cross-section of external partners to further its reach beyond the campus borders to work in cooperative and synergistic ways.
  • ELC fills the need for the increased demand for talent and skills in the professional workforce by providing executive education services to the general public.
  • ELC also plays a crucial role in elevating the discourse, awareness and practice of leadership skills and acumen across businesses and organizations for the community at-large.

Events & Series   

Students from all majors are invited to attend programs. Faculty are encouraged to refer students and, if appropriate, give credit for attending ELC programs.

Great Lecture Series

Improving the Public’s Health through Better Interprofessional Communication

  • When: TBD
  • Where: UMSL, Millennium Student Center, Century Rooms A & B
  • Free and Open to the Public 


Melvin D. Shipp, OD, MPH, DrPH

Since 2004, Dr. Melvin D. Shipp has served as the dean of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. In addition to the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree, this College offers the MS and PhD degrees in Vision Science, and—beginning in 2009—the combined OD/MPH degree. Previously, Dr. Shipp was a member of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry faculty, and also served as the assistant dean of Clinical Services, and Director of Clinics.

Dr. Shipp has advised/served several federal institutions, notably, the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He was a member of the NEI Planning Committee for the National Eye Health Education Project, a nationwide program with the goal of preventing blindness through public and professional education. In 2006, he co-chaired the development of a CDC sponsored vision health initiative, Improving the Nation’s Vision Health: A Coordinated Public Health Approach. Dr. Shipp is currently a member of Prevent Blindness America’s National Board of Directors.

In 2010, Dr. Shipp became the first optometrist to be elected to the office of President-Elect of the American Public Health Association (APHA). APHA is the world’s oldest and largest public health association. Dr. Shipp is a Past-President of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). ASCO is comprised of the twenty-one member schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Shipp earned his Doctor of Optometry (OD) from Indiana University, his Master of Public Health (MPH) from Harvard University, and his Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the University of Michigan. He is a former Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow; during this fellowship, he was a health legislative assistant to Senator Donald Riegle, Jr. (D-MI).

Contact Malaika Horne at (314) 516-6240 for more information.



Sponsored by the College of Optometry and the Alumni Association 


Distinguished Speaker Series

Deciding Your Future

When: Wednesday, March 12, 5:30-7:15 PM
Where: UMSL, Millennium Student Center - Century Rooms

The purpose of the Distinguished Speaker Series is to feature a leader of notable achievement to talk about topics pertinent to business. The series continues to reach out to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the larger community to convey invaluable information about business leadership. Free & open to all students, campus community & the public.


Patricia Strange

Patricia Strange, manager of Contracts and Pricing for The Boeing Company. Ms. Strange has worked for Boeing for more than 33 years and has held positions of increasing responsibilities in Headquarters, Treasury and Contracts and Pricing. Her experiences include an executive assistant role, investment analyst for the pension fund and contracts and pricing management for international and domestic contracts. Her current position also includes serving as program manager of the Finance Business Skills Rotation Program.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in finance from the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in international finance from Washington University-Olin School of Business.

Ms. Strange has two grown children, Amanda, 34 and Don, 32, and three grand children. She enjoys golf, snow skiing and dancing. Pat and her husband, Brian, live in Chesterfield. Pat is also a member of the UMSL Leadership Council.

Previous Speakers

  • 2013 | Brian Lavin, president and chief executive officer of each of NTS Realty Capital and NTS Realty Partners 
  • 2012 | Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director, St. Louis Lambert International Airport: Taking Flight in Aviation & Leadership
  • 2011 | Susan Lang, Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Express Scripts, Global Healthcare: The Merger of Business and Anthropology
  • 2010 | Jan Holloway, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, Monsanto, Choosing Change – Building a Career
  • 2009 | Brenda Newberry, Chairman & CEO, The Newberry Group, Life is tough. Business is too. Grow over it.
  • 2008 | Maxine Clark, Chief Executive Bear and Chairman of Build-A-Bear Workshop®,Putting the Heart Back in Retailing
  • 2007 | Cynthia Brinkley, President, AT&T Missouri, Women in Business

Executive Fellows Mentoring Project | The Executive Fellows

Where: UMSL, 427 Social Sciences & Business Building

The purpose of this mentoring project is to help students meet their career goals after graduation. Executive fellows facilitate three sessions per program with small groups of three to five students. This mentoring project is open to all UMSL students and alumni. Students must attend all three sessions. Faculty gives credit for student participation.

Business and organizational leaders serving as executive fellows at the UMSL Executive Leadership Consortium hold sessions with students, any major and classification, to provide support and guidance in transitioning from college to their professional careers for success after graduation.

Please contact Dr. Malaika Horne by email or (314) 516-4749 to make an appointment for a brief orientation, mentor assignment and meeting location.

Robert Muldoon, international business consultant
Date: Thursdays
September 25, October 2 & 9
Time: 2:00–3:15 PM

Gary Lee, president, Space Tek
Date: Tuesdays
September 30, October 7 & 14
Time: 2:00–3:15 PM

Tom Teasdale, president, retired, Wischmeyer Architects
Date: Tuesdays
September 30, October 7 & 14
Time: 2:00–3:15 PM

Dr. Bayard Clark, former CFO Commerce Bancshares, Missouri History Museum
Date: Wednesdays
October 1, 8 & 15
Time: 2:00–3:15 PM

Linda Goldstein, businesswoman former mayor 
Date: Thursdays
October 16, 23 & 30
Time: 2:00–3:15 PM

St. Louis Rotary Club Ethics Panel

When: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 5:30-6:45 PM
Where: Summit Lounge, J.C. Penney Conference Center

Topic:  Addressing Professional Ethical Dilemmas

A panel of leaders, St. Louis Rotary Club members and other professionals, discusses professional ethics with students and faculty. Can reserve for an entire classes to attend. Faculty can give credit for student participation. Also faculty can reserve for an entire class to attend.


The director, Dr. Malaika Horne, is the administrative head of the Executive Leadership Consortium. She directs the manner of the implementation of the policies of the institute and oversees procedures, rules, and regulations.

The director's responsibilities include:

  • Administration of the budget
  • Planning reviewing and coordinating the projects within the Consortium
  • Recommending all appointments to the Consortium
  • Serving as co-chair of the Advisory Council
  • Performing normal administrative duties necessary to the effective operation of the Consortium
  • Supervising Consortium staff
Malaika Horne is founding director of the Executive Leadership Consortium. Previously she served as a professor at Webster University, School of Communications and Journalism. Before that, she was managing director of Narcotics Service Council.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UMSL, a master’s degree in Urban Affairs from Saint Louis University, a doctorate in public policy studies from Saint Louis University, and a post-doctorate in psychiatric epidemiology and bio-statistics from Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

She is a journalist and academic writer, currently writing a column in the business section of the St. Louis American newspaper and frequently writes for St. Louis Women on the Move magazine.

Dr. Horne is curator emeritus of the University of Missouri System, serving as president in 1997. She has served in many other board capacities, including founding vice chair of ARCHS, co-chair of its Sustainable Neighborhoods, the Urban League Guild Friends of KWMU Board.

She currently serves as board vice president of the Scholarship Foundation, board member of Coro Leadership Center of St. Louis, board member of the St. Louis Art Museum, board member of Accion Social Communitaria, a social service program for immigrants and a member of Ready Readers, a program that promotes reading to underserved children. A longtime advocate of character education for children, she serves on the national advisory council of Sri Sathya Sai Baba Education in Human Values, a worldwide organization.

She is recipient of the 2001 Women of Achievement Award and has received numerous other recognitions and awards.

She is married and lives in the Central West End with her husband, Prince A. Wells III, music professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Her hobbies are volunteerism, reading, art, music, fashion, interior design, health and fitness, and travel in this country as well as abroad to Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central America.


Linking the Campus to the Community

The University of Missouri-St Louis, a premiere land grant university, envisions an Executive Leadership Consotium of national prominence that makes a contribution to the university and the community by heightening awareness of the importance of leadership and increasing leadership qualities and skills.
The Executive Leadership Consortium is a student-centered program that aids future leaders to realize and strengthen their potentials so that students can be more effective in a rapidly changing organizational environment. The Consortium believes that investing in leadership effectiveness will foster personal growth of students, enhance their career opportunities, contribute to workforce development and strengthen economic vitality.

The Institute is comprised of Executive Fellows who serve as bridges between UMSL faculty, students and business leaders. Executive Fellows are also business leaders, retired or transitioning, who volunteer their time at the institute primarily to promote real world applications in a reality-learning environment for students, faculty and staff. By the same token, Executive Fellows and other business leaders will become more familiar with the university environment, including its academic programs. Executive Fellows will also interact and work with faculty, for example they will serve as guest lecturers, put on seminars and work with staff in Career Services and the CBA internship coordinator. This cross fertilization (linking the campus to the community), will also create a cadre of supportive leaders in the community who not only have their finger on the pulse of business and public needs, but will render further support to the university which will open more doors to the community.

Executive Fellows will be selected from various areas of interests and expertise. Each Executive Fellow will also work on a project compatible with his or her background to constructively engage students, faculty, Advisory Council members and other leaders around leadership topics and issues to build bridges between the campus and the community. Whenever possible, the institute seeks to cut across disciplines as well as public and private sectors to encourage viewing leadership as a widely held principle characteristic of virtually every segment of society and to view leadership in new and different ways.

While business faculty, students and business leaders represent the priority for the institute, students with other majors and other organizations such as civic, cultural, education and government will be part of institute activities, particularly when the needs of business intersect with the aforementioned.

The Consortium aims to foster and cultivate a sense of community. It will engage and work collaboratively with the Executive Leadership Consortium Advisory Council, faculty, administrators and staff within the university and with leaders in the business community. Additionally it will collaborate with other leadership programs on campus to further strengthen its mission, such as the Center for International Studies, Public Policy Research Center, Sue Shear Institute, Institute for Women's and Gender Studies, Bridge, Student Affairs, Multi-cultural Relations, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, CORO Leadership and the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program.

Executive Fellows

In addition, ELC has an Executive Fellows component. Executive fellows are thought leaders, typically former or transitioning heads of companies or agencies. They arrange with the director to serve six-month to two-year terms, volunteering to impart insight about leadership development with students, faculty, staff and the public. They are also members of the ELC Advisory Council.

Responsibilities include:

  • Discuss the critical issues of leadership along with optimum ways to address them in various university classes, programs, and activities.
  • Serve as guest speakers in classes and campus events.
  • Help to identify internships.
  • Work with the College of Business Administration's continuing education, including serving as executive coaches and consultants.
  • Serve as mentors to UMSL students.
  • Advise administrators, faculty, and staff on an ad hoc basis.


Karen Carroll

Karen assumed the role of president/CEO of KCI Enterprises Inc. in March 2003. She brings to the position a wide range of executive leadership experience as well as valuable community and regional perspectives on economic issues.

Prior to forming KCI, Carroll served as vice president/general manager of KMOX Radio, the Voice of St. Louis. While she was at KMOX, the station achieved national prominence for coverage of the Pope's visit, the election of 2000, plus numerous special news programs. KMOX won the Edward R. Murrow award for best news coverage.

Carroll was recognized by law enforcement community leaders for bringing the AMBER program to Missouri and for bringing the region together by producing the 9/11 Together We Stand, an Interfaith Prayer Gathering.

During her tenure at KMOX, she expanded the station's collaborative partnerships to include the Weather Channel, Post–Dispatch Business Reports, RCGA President's Report, St. Louis American CEO's Report, and the Edward Jones Stock Market Report. Special programming added included evening specials, "live" overnights. and Showdown with Saddam. Business operations expanded, advertising revenues reached record heights, and the station maintained its rating dominance of No. 1.

In addition to the five years as GM/VP of KMOX, Carroll spent 20-plus years crafting the No. 1 radio group in the St. Louis region — pioneering the operational design for the changes brought about by the Telecom ACT of 1996. Starting her years as general manager of KYKY-Y98 FM, she then added the GM responsibilities of KSD-AM 550 and KSD-FM 93.7. As consolidation continued, she also became GM of soft-rock KEZK-FM and 590 all-sports KFNS. Soon after, Rams football joined the fold as part of the group's special programming.

Carroll began her career in the mid-70s at one of St. Louis' first FM properties. The positions she held there included sales manager and then general manager. During this period she developed and was one of the founders of the St. Louis Radio Association and was chosen as its Woman of the Year in 1994.

Other past projects include service as a representative for EZ Communications on the National Radio Advertising Bureau. Working the president, she authored and implemented the company training program to all employees across the city in seven markets and 21 stations.

Carroll founded Outreach St. Louis, the charitable 501(c)(3) that was responsible for major awareness campaigns raising funds for the Bob Costas Cardinal Glennon Cancer Center, Edgewood Children's Home, Our Little Haven, the Saint Louis Zoo, and Forest Park Forever. Both chairman and founder, she ascertained the community needs, educating the region and raising funds to help fulfill various charities missions.

During her extensive career, Carroll has dedicated time to a number of boards. Currently, she serves on the boards of Junior Achievement, Forest Park Forever (executive committee), American Cancer Research Center (executive committee, former president), The Muny, and Red Cross Disaster Relief, as well as chair for the Red Cross Clara Barton Society 2003–2004. Carroll is also currently serving Barnes Jewish Children's Hospital, for the Siteman Cancer Research Foundation leadership giving initiative. Carroll is in her third year as the chairman of the University of Missouri–St. Louis Chancellor's Council.

Other special recognitions received during her career include National Radio Industry Woman of the Year in 1994, YWCA Leadership Award in 1999, Top 100 St. Louis Business Leaders in 2001, Top 25 Women Business Leaders in 2000, and the Woman of Achievement Award in 2003.

A born-and-bred St. Louisan and alumna of the University of Missouri–Columbia, Carroll has spent her entire professional career based in St. Louis. Carroll also serves as an investment partner in Platinum LLC d/b/a Byrd, a women's retail boutique, and Westmoor Investments LLC, a real estate investment company specializing in multifamily and commercial properties. New Heights International, owner and operator of Sylvan Learning Centers, which provides supplemental education, enrichment, and remediation for kindergarten through high school students, is her largest holding with plans for expansion.


Richard Navarro

Richard is a senior lecturer in the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Business Administration, where he teaches courses in process management and financial and project management. He retired from the Boeing Company in 2006 after 42 years, where his most recent assignment was director of Information Technology and Corporate Business Systems Architect, responsible for IT business systems technologies and directions for the corporation. His previous assignments included serving as director of Information Systems, director of Systems and Processes Integration/JSF, director of Quality Systems Integration, chief engineer–chief software technologist, and chief engineer–F/A-18 Ground Systems.

Navarro graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering. He holds master’s of science degrees in mechanical engineering and computer sciences and a master’s of business administration. In 1996, he was awarded a professional degree in aerospace sciences by the University of Missouri–Rolla (now the Missouri University of Science and Technology). Navarro holds emeritus status on the UMSL MIS Board of Visitors, is an associate fellow of the AIAA, and is a member of the MUST Academy of Mechanical and Aeorspace Engineers.

In addition to his position with UMSL, Navarro is an adjunct professor in the Engineering Management Department of the College of Business at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is also an adjunct professor in the MBA departments at Washington University in St. Louis and at Webster University, where he teaches courses in IT technology evaluation and management and production operations, respectively.

He and his wife, Virginia, an associate professor of educational psychology at UMSL, have been married for 38 years and have four children: Paul, 35, an attorney in North Carolina; Kevin, 33, a middle school teacher and associate head of school in St. Louis; Jon, 27, clean air coordinator for the North Carolina Research Triangle; and Claire, 22, a publications editor in Chicago. When Navarro is not teaching, volunteering at the St. Louis Museum of Transportation, or reading his e-mail at home, he can often be found in the basement of their 90-plus-year-old home working on what will some day be the finest HO-scale model railroad in Glendale.


John Bachmann

John is a senior partner of Edward Jones, grew up in Salem, Ill. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., and an MBA in finance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Bachmann is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws from Wabash College and an honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Bachmann began his career at Edward Jones as a part-time college intern in 1959. Upon completion of his formal education, he joined the firm full time.

Beginning in 1963, Bachmann spent seven years as a retail investment representative in Columbia, Mo., and in 1970 returned to St. Louis as a partner with responsibility for fixed-income product marketing. He later gained experience in strategic planning, corporate finance, and technology.

In 1980, Bachmann succeeded Edward D. "Ted" Jones Jr. as managing partner of Edward Jones. Bachmann built upon Jones' philosophy of serving the needs of individual investors from one-investment-representative offices. This included using technology in a way that directly benefited, yet was transparent to, individual investors. During Bachmann's tenure, Edward Jones grew from 200 offices in 28 states to more than 9,000 offices throughout the United States, as well as its affiliates in Canada and the United Kingdom.

After 24 years in the role, he stepped down as managing partner and became senior partner in December 2003.

Bachmann served two terms as chairman of the Securities Industry Association, in 1987 and 1988, a time of great turbulence because of the October 1987 stock market crash.

Bachmann's past outside activities include: chairman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2004–2005); chairman, Executive Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2005–2006); campaign chairman, United Way of Greater St. Louis (2002); chairman, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (2000–2002); and chairman, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. His current outside activities include: Canadian Honorary Consul in Missouri; trustee of Wabash College; chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Peter F. Drucker Center and trustee of the Claremont Graduate University; trustee of Washington University in St. Louis; commissioner of the Saint Louis Science Center; director of AMR Corporation, American Airlines Inc.; director of The Monsanto Company; and director of the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD).


Gary Lee

Gary graduated from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1969 with a bachelor's in business administration. He currently lives in St. Louis but has lived in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Atlanta, with jobs ranging from sales and marketing for a large steel company to working for a family company and later for Newell Rubbermaid as a company president. Most recently he started two businesses: an Internet design company and an importer of building products selling to installers for new homes.

Lee has had numerous leadership roles in his church and served over 10 years on the board of Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club. He is currently an assistant basketball coach at Chaminade High School.

Lee’s father, Desmond Lee, is a well-known philanthropist who has given his time, talents, and money to help others in St. Louis. Lee has two children who have successful careers in North Carolina and New York.


Tom Teasdale

Following the receipt of his degree from Washington University and three years in the U. S. Air Force, Tom began a long business career with an established St. Louis firm where he rose through the ranks to the position of  company president in 1995. His specialities with the company included project management, quality control, financial management and marketing.
Tom has served on a various business related local and national committees and boards. He has received numerous honors including the AIA Gold Honor Award for Lifetime Achievements and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington University. The mayor of the city of Kirkwood appointed Tom to terms on the Board of Adjustment and the Architectural Review Board and he currentlyserves on the Community Advisory Board for SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, MO.
Tom is past president of the Rotary Club of St. Louis and The Executives Association of St. Louis.


Robert Muldoon

Robert is an international business consultant. His  background includes financial management such as manufacturing plant controller, division controller, treasurer, vice president of finance and vice president of operations in companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small, family-owned.

As division controller, he was responsible for financial evaluation of manufacturing feasibility studies, undertaken at foreign locations, which resulted in establishing factories producing medical supplies in Petit Rechin, Belgium and Fukuori, Japan.

As vice president of operations, Muldoon consolidated several manufacturing subsidiaries that resulted in profitable reorganization of companies.

As a consultant, he was invited by the Prime Minister of Ireland to make presentations to academic and government officials that transferred the technology involved in an econometric model of world agriculture from universities in the U.S. to universities and Departments of Agriculture in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Muldoon received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA in Specialization-International Business from St. Louis University. He is currently working on his doctorate in Adult Education at the University Missouri-St. Louis.


Linda Goldstein

Linda Goldstein has a unique combination of private sector and public service experience and skills. As a respected public official, Linda is known for her achievement of bold community initiatives. Her public engagement, building collaborations among diverse groups, public-private partnership creation and public speaking. As a senior level organizational leader and small business owner, she has a more than twenty-year track record of producing bottom line results. Her business skills include strategic planning, budget development and P&L responsibility, recruiting and training, team building, and merger integration.

Prior to founding Linda Goldstein Consulting, LLC, Linda served as an elected official in the City of Clayton for fourteen years. She led the city as Clayton’s first woman mayor from 2007-2013. In the private sector, Linda managed commercial flooring, maintenance and the restoration business and achieved consistently profitable results, often exceeding industry standards, which earned her a national reputation for best practices in her industry.

Linda has served on a number of nonprofit boards and is currently on the board of the Scholarship Foundation (board president 1995-1998), Central Institute for the Deaf, United States Green Building Council and The Clayton Century Foundation.

Awards include the St. Louis Business Journal’s 25 Most Influential Women in Business, Coro Leadership Center’s Outstanding Alumni Award and Winning Women’s Public Service Award.  She has been named as one of the Most Influential St. Louisans by the St. Louis Business Journal every year since 2008 and was chosen by the Riverfront Times as “Best Mayor” in 2009.  In 2012, Linda was honored as the Public Official of the Year by the Missouri Park & Recreation Association and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Bicycle Federation.

Linda is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and as master’s degree in counseling psychology from St. Louis University.


Steve Littlejohn

Steve Littlejohn was most recently was vice president, Communications and Public Affairs, at Mallinckrodt, where he was responsible for internal communications, government affairs, media relations, issues management and community affairs.

With more than 30 years of experience, Littlejohn joined Mallinckrodt in 2009 from Express Scripts, Inc. where he served as vice president of Public Affairs. Prior to joining Express Scripts, Littlejohn worked in executive leadership roles in the health care communications practices at two public relations firms in St. Louis – Kupper Parker Communications, Inc. and Fleishman-Hillard, Inc.

In addition, he has held positions of increasing responsibility within public affairs and communications at Monsanto Company, Gulf Oil Corporation and E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.

He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard University, a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history from Cambridge University as an American Keasbey Scholar, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.


Bayard Clark

Bayard Clark, PhD, recently joined the History Department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis as coordinator for its new internship program. Immediately prior, he served for a year as CFO of the Missouri History Museum.

In May 2013, he earned a doctorate in American Studies at St. Louis University and previously a juris doctorate at the same school. Clark graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American history. There, he was a Morehead Scholar and recipient of a NROTC scholarship. After graduation he then served four years as a lieutenant in the United States Navy before beginning a 38 year career in commercial banking in St. Louis.

Clark retired in 2010 after spending the last 34 years of his banking career with Commerce Bancshares, a regional banking company with $22 billion in assets. For the last thirteen years at Commerce he was executive vice president and chief financial officer with added responsibilities for mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, strategic planning, real estate and asset/liability management. Clark was the point on more than 40 bank acquisitions, which helped create the bank's current five-state lower Midwest footprint. During his stint as CFO the bank was financially strong enough during the 2008-2009 financial crisis to decline government money under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP); in fact, Commerce was the largest bank in the country, by market capitalization, to make this decision.

Dr. Clark has served on numerous civic and community boards during his career. He is a past participant in Leadership St. Louis and was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal with its 2009 CFO of the Year award. Presently, he is a member of the Pierre Laclede Honors College Leadership Council at UMSL and a trustee of Webster University. He is married, has three children, six grandchildren and resides in Clayton. In his spare time he is a dedicated trekker having ascended major mountains on four continents.

Leadership Resources

The Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program (NPML)

  • Offers comprehensive education and training for individuals with varied instructional needs:
  • Students and others pursuing careers in the nonprofit sector
  • Professional nonprofit staff
  • Board members
  • Community leaders
  • Public sector administrators

Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life

  • Mission:  
To invigorate St. Louis area nonprofit boards by enhancing governance through innovative recruitment, matching, and education services.
  • The Institute for Women in Public Life was founded in the fall of 1996 on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis to assist women in developing the interest and skills necessary to succeed as full participants within government, serving in elected and appointed office as well as employed policy makers. Educates students on the need for women's leadership in public service through the 21st Century Leadership Academy.
  • Maintains a unique "Talent Bank" of women interested in serving on public boards and commissions, and educations elected officials on the willingness of women to serve.
  • Educates women on how to seek public office through the "Pipeline to Politics" campaign series.
  • Educates and coaches women seeking judicial appointments and employment in government policy-making positions.

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

  • At the graduate level the division offers master's degree work and advanced certification studies in elementary and secondary school administration, special education administration, and the school superintendency. 

  • Community education is an additional emphasis offered in the educational administration program. 

The options in educational administration include elementary and secondary school administration and certification for school district administration. They are part of a continuous two-phase, NCATE and DESE approved program. In the first phase, students earn the M.Ed. The second phase leads to the completion of a two-year course of study in educational administration and is designated the Advanced Certification Studies (ACS) program. Both phases are correlated with current Missouri requirements for certification as either a principal or director of elementary or secondary education or school superintendent in Missouri schools.

Neighborhood Leadership Academy

  • The Neighborhood Leadership Academy is designed for potential or current neighborhood or community leaders, as well as public sector or community based organization staff. The program is also open to students interested in exploring community development careers.
  • During the academy, participants share and work on a community improvement project for their neighborhood. Following is a sample of their projects:
    • Forming a neighborhood association to encourage more community involvement
    • Proposing and implementing a neighborhood recycling program
    • Developing a church-based community needs assessment
    • Planning and obtaining funding for a neighborhood park
    • Creating an intergenerational community computer lab

Social Work Leadership and Management

  • Leadership and management shape organizations, programs, services, and outcomes for clients and communities. The School of Social Work, in collaboration with the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program, at the University of Missouri in St. Louis trains tomorrow's leaders and managers in human services, social welfare, and other fields.
  • In the SWLM concentration, students gain knowledge and skills through theory, research, and practical training in order to:
    • Manage public and nonprofit organizations and programs
    • Work effectively with staff, volunteers, and boards
    • Mobilize resources and develop partnerships to support programs and   agencies
    • Manage finances and budgets
    • Plan, implement, market, and evaluate social programs
    • Advocate for programs, clients, and constituents
  • Career Opportunities
    • The SWLM concentration prepares social workers for local, state, and national organizations in a wide range of leadership and management positions. The focus is on social welfare, human services, health, mental health, social policy, community development, faith based, and other community organizations. Graduates with a master's degree in SWLM include leaders and executives of public and nonprofit organizations, such as:


  • The world’s largest student organization. AIESEC is a global network of 32,000 students across more than 100 countries and territories at more than 1100 universities worldwide.
  • AIESEC is the world's premiere international student organization dedicated to increasing cultural understanding and cooperation through running an international internship program.
  • AIESEC facilitates international exchange of thousands of students and recent graduates each year. Whether in a paid traineeship or as a volunteer for a non-profit organization, their experiences abroad will undoubtedly affect them forever.

President’s Academic Leadership Institute (PALI)

  • PALI is a system-wide effort jointly sponsored by UM Human Resources and UM Academic Affairs to improve leadership capacity throughout the University of Missouri.
  • The President's Academic Leadership Institute (PALI) is offering an executive coaching program for senior University of Missouri administrators as a part of its leadership development efforts.
  • Executive coaching helps organizational leaders or executives develop strengths, minimize weaknesses and maintain focus. Working one-on-one with a leadership coach, the executives learn to identify challenges and obstacles they face in the academic environment, develop action plans, enhance their working relationships with subordinates and superiors, and find the balance between achievement and personal growth.
Programs for Academic Leaders
  • The Academic Leaders Forum is a one day program held on campus that precedes the fall semester. It is designed for chairs, deans, associate/assistant deans, and directors. New chairs are invited to an orientation for the first hour (beginning around 9:00 AM). Deans attend with their 'cabinet teams' and convene at 10:00 AM for a meeting with an attorney from the UM General Counsel's office. The morning is devoted to a discussion of legal issues that relate to the academic work of administrators, faculty, staff, and students.  The afternoon is focused on new policies and procedures that will be implemented in the coming academic year and cautions and updates from the campus and from the system. The Forum adjourns by 3 PM.

Office of Student Life

  • The UM-St. Louis Office of Student Life has something for everyone. From leadership opportunities and community service to social events and entertainment. Getting involved is easy. Find something you enjoy or challenge yourself to something new, either way, don't let your college years pass you by.
  • Clubs and Organizations
: UMSL offers students over 120 clubs and organizations covering nearly every interest. These groups include social groups, academic clubs, honor societies, special interest clubs, political associations and religous groups. There's bound to be one for you. Student clubs and organizations are a great way for you to meet fellow students and explore your interests.
  • Student Government Association
: Represent your peers by getting involved in student government.
  • Greek Life: 
UMSL is home to three national social fraternities and three national social sororities. They all participate in a variety of campus events and activities, including Formal Rush, Greek Week, Big Man on Campus and Homecoming. Serve this is a new initiative designed to get students into leadership positions and involved in community service.
  • Campus Recreation
: The mission of Campus Recreation is to contribute to and enrich the academic mission of the University by supporting the total development and well-being of all members of our diverse UMSL community. We enhance the quality of campus life by providing broad recreational, physical, social, and educational enrichment opportunities and experiences that promote and develop wellness and a sense of community at the University.

Center for International Studies

  • Student Leadership Development. The Center supports a number of special activities as part of its efforts to develop student leadership and recognize outstanding student achievement. Each year the Center sends an undergraduate student delegate to the prestigious US Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis and, with the Political Science Department, sends undergraduate student delegations to the Midwest Model United Nations in St. Louis, and the Model European Union in Indianapolis.
  • The Center also sponsors the campus chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, the national International Studies Honor Society, which encourages and recognizes undergraduate and graduate student achievement in international studies.
  • In addition, the Center administers the campus Student Fulbright Program and encourages students to apply for support for teaching or conducting research abroad. In AY 2007-2008 two UMSL anthropology students received Fulbright awards to conduct research abroad.

MIS (management Information System) Mentoring Program

  • Students are assigned a mentor during the semester. 
  • A panel of experts will talk about what the global economic downturn means for the IT market in St. Louis, creative ways to gain experience, how to differentiate yourself in the job search. They will also discuss the pros and cons of certifications and their affect on the job search.
  • After the presentation we will devote a short period of time to our "speed mentoring" activity.

UMSL Executive Leadership Consortium

  • The mission of the UMSL Executive Leadership Consortium/Division of Continuing Education is to prepare students and a cross-section of career professionals to become effective leaders to meet current and future demands in response to regional, state, national and international needs. 
  • The UMSL Leadership Consortium is a program of exceptional prominence with a global reach.  It serves as a model of choice for leadership experiences and opportunities for UMSL as well as professionals in the region, state, nation and internationally. 
  • UMSL Executive Leadership Consortium, as a student-centered program, is foremost committed to students and is the obvious leadership choice for the university.  It. provides students and the community-at-large an exceptional resource for leadership education, training, and advancement.
  • Concomitantly, ELC realizes the importance of partnering and aligning with companies and organizations so that students have access to leadership opportunities after graduation.   Its tagline is:  Leaders Preparing Leaders.
  • ELC partners assists and works within UMSL including colleges, units, programs and other entities to accomplished these objectives.  For example, it identifies and engages leaders willing to mentor and instruct emerging leaders
  • ELC’s mission in preparing students for success and leadership in businesses, government, communications, non-profit and other organizations is broad in scope, collaborating with an extensive cross-section of external partners to further its reach beyond the campus borders to work in cooperative and synergistic ways.
  • ELC fills the need for the increased demand for talent and skills in the professional workforce by providing executive education services to the general public.
  • ELC also plays a crucial role in elevating the discourse, awareness and practice of leadership skills and acumen across businesses and organizations for the community at-large.