The Leadership Middle Tennessee board of directors announced Patti James was selected as the new executive director of the regional leadership program.
James was chosen by a search committee made up of Leadership Middle Tennessee board members to replace Susan Taylor who is retiring after 14 years at the helm of the nonprofit.
“Patti is a proven, flexible leader,” said Seab Tuck, chairman of the Leadership Middle Tennessee board. “We are excited to welcome her to the new role on May 1.”
James brings 30 years of corporate experience across both the human resources and shared services sectors. She recently retired from Bridgestone Americas, Inc. where she spent the past 21 years as vice president of human resources and administration and later as vice president of the shared services division. As a 2006 graduate of Leadership Middle Tennessee, and a former board member, she understands the importance of regional leadership.
James holds an MBA in human resources management from The Ohio State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Currently she serves on the board of directors for the YWCA, Mentor-WOMEN Unlimited and Entrepreneur Center. She is the past president of Nashville Industry Liaison Group and has served on several other nonprofit boards in the past, such as the Nashville Opera, Junior Achievement, Workforce Employers Outreach Council, State Workforce Development Board, Tennessee Hospital Association and Happy Tales Humane.
Leadership Middle Tennessee, a regional leadership program, was founded to engage community, nonprofit, government and business leaders in the ten county region of Middle Tennessee to focus on regional issues.
Participating counties are Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson. A regional board comprised of alums, business and community leaders oversees LMT. The organization operates through the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. Tuck, of Tuck-Hinton Architects, is chairman of the board.
Visit leadmt.org for more information.