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LEADERSHIP

GREG COKER

President/CEO

Greg Coker is the president and CEO of the Kentucky Center for Leadership. Considered an expert in human behavior, organizational dynamics and leadership development, his experience includes senior level positions with three fortune 500 companies, a former Commissioner of the Kentucky Public Service Commission (regulating over 1000 utilities and a staff of 125) and the founder of a national leadership development consulting business.

In addition to consulting with hundreds of organizations, delivering thousands of keynote speeches, workshops and providing one-on-one coaching to leaders across the country, Greg Coker has been featured in magazines/trade journals, appeared in newspapers across the country and been a guest on numerous TV programs. Additionally, he’s produced and hosted leadership videos for business and industry, educational institutions and correctional facilities (Reentry).

He is the author of Building Cathedrals: The Power of Purpose, Soft Skills Field Manual: The Unwritten Rules for Succeeding in the Workplace and Healing the Wounds: Forgiveness & Reconciliation in the Workplace. His fourth book, Pillars of the Organization, is scheduled to be released in 2024.

He holds both undergraduate and masters degrees in organizational communications from Western Kentucky University. His clients have included AT&T, Houchens Industries, General Motors, McDonalds, Western Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Centre College, Vanderbilt University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, TVA, Duke Energy and hundreds of high-performance individuals who benefit from his personal coaching.

JIM FLYNN

Chair

A veteran educator and leader with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Jim Flynn serves as Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents where he provides professional assistance and leadership for the 171 superintendents in Kentucky, supports their professional learning, and leads the advocacy efforts of KASS.

Dr. Flynn served 16 years as superintendent of Simpson County Schools where he instilled a common vision for empowering all students to graduate life ready – prepared both academically and socially for college and careers. Recipient of the 2015 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year Award, Dr. Flynn is a statewide leader having served as President of the KASS and appointed by Kentucky General Assembly to the Local Superintendents Advisory Council (LSAC). Dr. Flynn’s national leadership experiences include AASA, NSBA, the National Superintendents Leadership Institute and the BellSouth Superintendents Leadership Network to name a few.  Additionally, he has presented to international audiences in Finland and China where he shared Kentucky’s educational achievements and benchmarked best practices. 

At Western Kentucky University, Dr. Flynn continues to serve in the Department of Educational Administration, Research and Leadership in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

He is a graduate of Bowling Green High School, where he was inducted into the BGHS Hall of Honor in 2014.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree along with his Rank I in School Administration and superintendent certification from Western Kentucky University. He received his Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi and his Doctoral degree from Northern Kentucky University.

He is married to Natalie, who is a teacher at Briarwood Elementary. They have three children, Bracken (Rice University graduate), Hunter (Western Kentucky University graduate), and Bretton (12th grade). He resides in Franklin, Kentucky with his wife and daughter.

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