Macel Ely, director of the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership, was named as a Howard H. Baker J. Center for Public Policy Fellow in the Leadership and Governance Program. The Leadership and Governance Program is a forum for exploring democracy and promoting leadership in public service, while educating about our representative democracy. Baker Center Fellows are professionals who work on various academic and research projects for the center.
Ely earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Lee University and Kentucky Wesleyan College and a master’s degree in public administration and a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has earned the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) certification through the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and has professional certificates in the areas of coaching, leadership program development and training management. His area of research interests includes local and state governments and their impact upon rural Appalachia.