Austin Peay State University president Michael Licari announced three key changes to the senior leadership team at the university.
Dannelle Whiteside will oversee legal affairs, public relations, marketing and strategic initiatives as vice president for legal affairs and organizational strategy.
She served as Austin Peay’s interim president from Aug. 10 to Feb. 28, while the university conducted a nationwide search for a new president to replace former President Alisa White, who left last summer to be president of Sam Houston State University in Texas.
Whiteside formerly served as Austin Peay’s vice president for legal affairs. She joined the university as general counsel in 2017.
Kris Phillips will be vice president for university advancement and executor of the Austin Peay State University Foundation. He’ll oversee alumni relations and advancement.
He most recently served as assistant vice president for university advancement and helped lead the office since 2016. He is an Austin Peay graduate and previously served the university as an admissions counselor, an admissions manager, assistant director of development and as director of alumni and annual giving.
Whiteside and Phillips’ new roles will help to replace retired Marine Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, who recently accepted a job as vice president of industry development at the National Electrical Contractors Association in Bethesda, Maryland. Baily served as Austin Peay’s vice president for external affairs, which oversaw public relations, marketing, university advancement and strategic initiatives, since 2018.
Whiteside and Phillips’ new roles are effective immediately.
Licari also announced the departure of retired Army Brig. Gen. Scott Brower, who served as the military adviser-in-residence to the president since 2018.
Brower, who also served as chief of staff of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s unified command group to help streamline the state’s COVID-19 pandemic response, was named director of Vanderbilt University’s Bass military scholars program. He will start that job May 17.
Licari is working to fill Brower’s position at Austin Peay.