UT Institute for Public Service Names Naifeh Center Director

Dr. Macel Ely, Director, Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership

The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service (IPS) has named Macel Ely director of its Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership.

Ely, who is currently training program manager for IPS’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS), served as a training specialist with the Naifeh Center from 2007-2013. He succeeds former Naifeh Director Gary Peevely, who retired in the spring.

“With his background at the Naifeh Center, his experience as a training manager and his partnerships across the state, Macel will capably lead the Naifeh Center into the future,” said IPS Vice President Herb Byrd III. “We’re pleased to have someone with his experience and many talents taking the helm of the center.”

Ely, who will begin his tenure at the Naifeh Center on Oct. 1, received a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Kentucky Wesleyan University, as well as a master’s in public administration and doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from UT Knoxville.

The Naifeh Center, an agency of IPS, provides training and professional development for leaders at all levels, from the emerging supervisor to the experienced executive.

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