UofM Deputy Counsel Latosha Dexter Selected for Maxine Smith Fellows Program

December 5, 2017 - Latosha Dexter, Deputy University Counsel at the University of Memphis, has been selected to participate in the Tennessee Board of Regents Maxine Smith Fellows Program.

The program provides diverse employees of Tennessee schools the opportunity to participate in a working and learning environment that will enhance their career experience and development. It is intended to provide an introduction to administrative roles in system or upper-level administrative policy-making positions.

"I'm honored to have been selected for the program especially considering its namesake, Maxine Smith, and its commitment to furthering her ideals of equal opportunity," said Dexter. "It's an opportunity that many women of color never receive and one that I don't take for granted. The 10 individuals who have been chosen this year represent a diverse mix of backgrounds and experience, and I plan to learn as much from them as from the facilitated sessions.

"I'm really excited about the facilitators who will be leading us this year. Dr. Nathan Essex, former president of Southwest Tennessee Community College and former dean of the University of Memphis College of Education, will be serving as a senior advisor. The ability to learn from someone with his experience in higher education is invaluable. Also, Derek Young of Young Motivation Group will be working with the Fellows on leadership principles. He brings experience in leadership training for organizations such as Cracker Barrel, AT&T and the Federal Reserve Bank. The two-day introductory session he led has made me even more excited about my participation in the program."

Prior to joining the University in 2015, Dexter worked at the law firm of Rainey, Kizer, Reviere and Bell, where her practice focused on advising and representing both private and public employers in governmental, employment and educational matters. She has also worked in the nationally recognized human resources department at FedEx Corp.

Dexter holds an undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law.


Chuck Gallina | 901.678.1756 l cgallina@memphis.edu