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Educational Leadership Development Series - Speakers/Presenters

Cheri Alexander

Cheri Alexander

Cheri Alexander serves as the Executive Director of Global Learning at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan

Cheri has 33 years of experience in Corporate Leadership assignments in HR, Labor Relations, Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing, Plant Management, Mergers, Acquisitions, Training and Development. Cheri was the VP of HR International Operations in General Motors and the President of GM University. She has researched and published in the area of Noise Induced Hearing Loss. Her Mergers and Acquisitions work, as well as, Union-Management and Lean Production Systems work is cited in two books. Ms. Alexander has taught Leadership on 4 continents in numerous countries including China, Korea, Russia, Brazil, France, Germany and India, as well as at the University of Michigan. She has taught Labor Negotiations at General Motors and the University of Michigan and has lectured at Harvard University and Duke University.

Cheri earned her BS and MS degrees from the University of Michigan, as well as an MS in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She incorporates multiple action learning activities in her teaching and uses storytelling of real life instances.


Dr. Robert (Bob) L. Jackson

Dr. Bob Jackson

Dr. Robert L (Bob) Jackson is the Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Murray State University (MSU). He serves as the chief development officer and is responsible for institutional advancement initiatives and all state and federal governmental relations activities. Murray State University is a 10,800 student, public university located in Murray, Kentucky.

Since 2006, he has also served as the director of a major comprehensive fundraising campaign at MSU, which has resulted in raising more than $71.7 million as of September 30, 2012, exceeding the original goal of $60 million. He has been credited with implementing new fundraising strategies and programs along with building an excellent development team, which has generated three record fundraising years during the past seven years. Some of the largest gifts in the university's history have been made during this campaign.

From 1997 to 2004, Bob served the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a State Senator and served in Senate Leadership as the Minority Whip. In addition, Bob has worked as a corporate executive and as a senior executive in investment banking and financial advisory firms. He has held several appointed roles in government including his 2008 appointment by Gov. Steve Beshear to the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS).

Bob has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Murray State University. He has completed graduate courses in finance at MSU and doctoral courses at the University of Leicester (UK). He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education Administration from Antioch University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership from Western Kentucky University.

In addition, he holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. In 2010, he completed the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's Summer Fundraising Institute at Dartmouth College.

He was selected as a Kentucky Leader for the New Century (40 leaders under 40) and as a national Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments. Bob has been recognized by his alma mater with the distinguished Golden Horseshoe Award, the highest honor bestowed upon its alumni for service to the university. His former high school recognized him as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2010. He has served on the board of several non-profit and governmental organizations.

Bob is married to the former Karen Miller, a registered nurse; they are the parents of Nolan, a senior pre-law and political science major at the University of Kentucky and Mariel, a 2012 honor graduate at Murray High School, Murray, Kentucky. She is a freshman at the University of Kentucky.


Dr. Dana Cosby

Dr. Dana Cosby

Dr. Cosby studies and presents guest lectures on Workplace Incivility with a special interest in the impact of human resource practices on the phenomenon. In addition, she has studied and published in the area of sustainability.  She has presented papers at the Academy for Human Resource Development and the Academic Business World International Conference.

She earned her Ph.D. at University of Louisville with an emphasisin Human Resources Development and a Master of Arts from Western Kentucky University in Organization Communication.

Dr. Cosby's experience includes leadership roles in both private and public sectors. She was an executive with a billion-dollar multi-national organization with oversight for a number of corporate functions, including strategic planning, change management, risk management, compensation and benefits, training and organizational development, employee communications, and governmental affairs. She also served as the Chair of the Management and CIS Department at Lindsey Wilson College before joining WKU.

She is a member of the international Society for Human Resource Management and World at Work. She is a member of the local Southern Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management chapter, where she is a member of the board of directors.  She is also a graduate of Leadership Bowling Green and has served on a number of non-profit boards, including United Way of South Central Kentucky, Barren River Child Advocacy Center, the International Center, the Warren County-Bowling Green International Festival, and Plum Tree Montessori School.


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