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ETSU’s Dr. Mike Hoff selected as a Tennessee Leadership and Innovation Fellow

Contributed • Sep 27, 2019 at 3:12 PM

East Tennessee State University’s Dr. Mike Hoff has been selected as one of 15 members of the inaugural cohort of the Tennessee Higher Education Leadership and Innovation Fellows program.

This cohort-based professional development program of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission is designed to develop the next generation of enterprise leaders in higher education.

Hoff is associate vice president and chief planning officer in ETSU’s Office of Planning and Decision Support. In that role, he serves as a member of President Brian Noland’s executive team and works with THEC and the Tennessee Board of Regents on projects of mutual concern. He leads ETSU’s planning efforts; supports executive decision-making; oversees his office’s submission of reports to state and federal agencies, accrediting bodies and other agencies; oversees the development and implementation of the institutional effectiveness process; and more.

Hoff joined the ETSU staff in 2013 as director of institutional research and also served as assistant to the provost before attaining his current position in 2015. In addition to his administrative role, he is an adjunct professor in ETSU’s School of Graduate Studies.

Before coming to ETSU, Hoff held positions at Cincinnati State Technical Community College and the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science. He holds master of public administration and doctor of education degrees from Northern Kentucky University.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Association for Institutional Research, Society for College and University Planners and Tennessee Association of Institutional Researchers, which he served as president in 2017-18.

Beginning in October, the Leadership and Innovation Fellows will convene on campuses across the state to learn from experts and build extended networks. The program will facilitate individual development goals through professional assessments, one-on-one executive coaching, and mentoring networks and job shadowing experiences.

Throughout the program, fellows will broaden their understanding of institutional practices and the higher education landscape in order to prepare them for greater responsibility at the enterprise level.

Specific objectives of the Leadership and Innovation Fellows program include facilitating leadership development through self-exploration and skill training; providing foundational principles of higher education policy and practice for exposure to all aspects of the higher education enterprise; inspiring ideas and cultivating new ways of thinking to shape the emerging paradigm of post-secondary education institutions; and cultivating statewide networks to facilitate collaboration, inspire and propagate innovative practices.

“Addressing the challenges currently facing higher education will require leaders who are steeped in innovation and keenly focused on student success,” THEC Executive Director Mike Krause said. “This program will help Tennessee develop a cohort of higher education professionals ready to excel in executive positions.”

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