UT System President Randy Boyd spoke at a quarterly WestStar Lunch, Learn, Leadership event in Jackson. Pictured is (l-r) Dr. Charley Deal, secretary of the board for WestStar and UT Martin vice chancellor for university advancement; Virginia Grimes, assistant director of WestStar; President Boyd; Jennifer Black, program manager for WestStar; and Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor.

WestStar Leadership Program accepting applications for 2023 class

Applications are now being accepted for the University of Tennessee at Martin WestStar Leadership Program’s class of 2023. The program is the largest and oldest regional leadership program in Tennessee, boasts 917 graduates and will welcome its 33rd class. The application deadline is Oct. 14. Anyone can apply to participate; nominations are accepted but not required.

The program includes eight sessions addressing contemporary issues important to West Tennessee’s development, including agriculture, economics and public policy, transportation, education, tourism and technology. Each session takes place over one-and-a-half days and are held across the region aside from a March session in Nashville. The program begins Dec. 8 with an opening one-day retreat and ends June 20, 2023, with an evening graduation ceremony.

WestStar’s mission is to “identify, encourage, and equip community-minded people who want to become involved in West Tennessee’s economic success and are willing to accept leadership roles.”

Participants learn leadership skills and develop strategies to help communities solve problems and maximize their potential. Participants also become part of a growing network of fellow alumni and community leaders who help shape West Tennessee’s future. WestStar is committed to advancing the regional and global community through outreach and service.

For more information or to apply, contact the WestStar Leadership Program at 731-881-7298 or visit utm.edu/weststar.


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