Author: David Dodson
Contact: Dale Gauthreaux


ATHENS, Ga. — Dale E. Gauthreaux, a leadership development consultant at Capital One Services and adjunct faculty member in leadership studies and communications at the University of Richmond, will become director of the Institute for Leadership Advancement at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business effective July 1.

Gauthreaux has almost 20 years of experience in leadership development and executive coaching and is a founding partner of Accelerated Growth Resources (AGR), a leadership training and organizational effectiveness consulting firm.

"Dale's background is ideal for the ILA director position," said Terry College Dean P. George Benson. "Terry's purpose is to develop leaders for the world's private enterprise system, and the Institute for Leadership Advancement is the keystone that holds our development framework together. Dale will keep ILA on the cusp of path-breaking innovation and instructional excellence."

Established six years ago as a multidisciplinary academic unit within the Terry College, ILA's purpose is to create and promote cutting-edge knowledge about leadership and use that knowledge to develop leaders who enhance the performance of their organizations and communities. With a variety of opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, executives and business organizations, it is one of the most comprehensive leadership development institutes operating within a university setting anywhere in the country.

"The ILA is cutting new ground in the area of leadership education and development," said Gauthreaux. "The Terry faculty and administration, as well as a great group of business partners, are committed to making this one of the foremost programs in the country. The ILA is a role model for business supporting education and education supporting the business community."

Since 2000, Gauthreaux has been a consultant and senior manager in the human resources and organizational effectiveness units of Capital One Services Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corp. that provides administrative and other services to the corporation. Virginia-based Capital One is a Fortune 200 corporation that is ranked a top 20 leadership development company by Hewitt Associates.

Gauthreaux earned a Ph.D. in rhetoric studies and organizational communication from Purdue University in 1993. A native of Lake Charles, La., he holds a master's degree from Louisiana State University and a bachelor's degree from McNeese State University. Gauthreaux joined the faculty of Augustana College as an assistant professor of communication studies in 1993 and moved to the University of Akron in 1997. He joined Swagelok Co. in Solon, Ohio, as manager of the manufacturing company's training and leadership development group in 1998.

In addition to his work with Capital One Services, Gauthreaux has taught courses in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and the Department of Rhetoric and Communication Studies at the University of Richmond as an adjunct professor since 2001. At the Terry College, he will have the non-tenure track faculty rank of Academic Professional.

Gauthreaux succeeds interim director Christopher Cornwell, who will continue as director of ILA's Bebe and Earl Leonard Leadership Scholars Program, and founding director Christine Riordan, who directed the institute from its formation in 2000 until 2005.

Benson also praised the work done by the search committee, which included Terry College faculty members Rick Watson (chair), Christopher Cornwell, Mel Crask, Mark Dawkins, Marisa Pagnatarro and Bob Vandenberg.