University System of Ga. Selects Two Columbus State Fellows for Executive Leadership Institute


November 18, 2022

Tamara Jenkins Wade and Dr. Bryan Banks of Columbus State University have been selected to participate in the University System of Georgia’s 2022-23 Executive Leadership Institute program. They will be joined by 33 faculty and staff from 25 USG institutions and the University System Office.

For more than a decade, USG has hosted ELI for faculty and staff to develop new leaders within the university system and provide professional development opportunities to help them grow their careers in Georgia. The presidents of each USG institution nominate participants to represent their colleges or universities.

“It’s about supporting and developing our own people within the university system,” said US Chancellor Sonny Perdue. “Often the best talent is already with us. We want to give our employees the best opportunity to experience this type of professional development so that they can reach their full potential.

After 13 years in various human resources positions at Columbus State, Wade was named CSU’s Chief Human Resources Officer and Director in October 2021. Her current duties include providing leadership to the Office of Human Resources, ensuring that all HR programs and initiatives align with institution and system goals and objectives, and by supporting and serving on a variety of employee-facing committees and programs. Wade holds a master’s degree in human resource development from Clemson University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a focus on human resource management, from Hawaii Pacific University.

Banks is currently acting director of the faculty Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and assistant professor in the Department of History and Geography. A CSU faculty member since 2018, his academic interests include modern European history, comparative revolutions, religious studies, and digital humanities. He is currently completing the manuscript of his book, tentatively titled Huguenot Refugees: Protestant Enlightenment on France’s Frontiers, 1680-1800. He serves on the board of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850 and is a member of the Southern Historical Snell Prize Committee. Banks holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgia State University, as well as a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Florida State University.

The Executive Leadership Institute is a six-month, 120-hour development program that includes various training sessions focusing on group learning sessions, job shadowing, and cross-mentoring. To be eligible, entrants must hold a current title of Vice President, President, Dean (or equivalent) or above, and demonstrated potential based on USG leadership competencies.

For a complete list of the USG Executive Leadership Institute Class of 2022-2023, visit the USG news site


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