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Director of Academic Partnerships Graduates President's Leadership Institute

By Trevor Hendricks, eLearning Student Assistant

Dr. Clay Taylor, director of academic partnerships for Texas Tech eLearning & Academic Partnerships, graduated from the President's Leadership Institute (PLI) on April 10. The PLI is an extensive program designed to increase leadership skills among Texas Tech University faculty and staff. The course only allows 10 faculty and 10 staff members to enroll each year, making this one of Texas Tech's most competitive and prestigious faculty and staff training programs. 

For Dr. Taylor, completing this program was an honor and a great experience. "I learned that leadership is something you have to work at, you have to be intentional and constantly growing. There was a lot of value in the networking opportunity of getting to know so many faculty and staff members in the program as well as gaining perspective on their leadership paths from all of the various colleges and departments."

Now having completed this course, Dr. Taylor plans to use his newly enhanced leadership knowledge and skills to continue to grow and lead to the best of his ability. "Texas Tech is a big organization and effective leadership is of utmost importance in so many situations. I hope to use much of what I have learned to be a positive, high performing leader, not just for my department, but for the entire university."

Dr. Taylor received his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University in 2017 and serves on the faculty in the Programs for Academic Development and Retention area.

David Miller, Dr. Clay Taylor and President Lawrence Schovanec
PLI Facilitator David Miller, Dr. Clay Taylor and Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec at the PLI graduation ceremony.


Dr. Melanie Hart, Dr. Clay Taylor and Dr. Justin Louder
Dr. Melanie Hart, Dr. Clay Taylor and
Dr. Justin Louder at the PLI graduation ceremony.