About | Events & Series | Director | Lifelong Learning @ UMSL

Welcome to the Executive Leadership Consortium. The Consortium was established in 2003. A very strong and active advisory council — represented by business and organizational leaders and faculty — guides our work. This is coupled with an exceptionally committed group of executive fellows — thought leaders who volunteer their time to share with students and faculty cutting edge practical and real world business applications.

The main purpose of ELC is to bring leaders to campus to interact with students. We believe students’ exposures to leaders will enrich their experiences which further socializes or acculturates them.

Leaders Preparing Leaders is our tagline. We emphasize this because we are very student focused, ELC’s primary stakeholders. Yet, the important role of business leaders is unquestionable. To with, there is a cross-fertilization taking place that has created a unique esprit de corps.

The Consortium would not be successful without a whole host of supporters. It takes leadership and vision to launch such an innovative initiative. The forward thinking of so many will prepare students to compete at the highest levels of current and future leadership positions.

The 21st Century presages an increased need for competition, risk and creativity but most importantly, leadership. The experiences of UMSL students have uniquely situated them for opportunities and challenges ahead and we look forward to continuing with this exciting work.


The mission of the UMSL Executive Leadership Consortium/School of Professional & Continuing Studies is to prepare students and a cross-section of career professionals to become effective leaders to meet current and future demands in response to regional, state, national and international needs. 


The UMSL Executive Leadership Consortium is a program of exceptional prominence with a global reach. It serves as a model of choice for leadership experiences and opportunities for UMSL as well as professionals in the region, state, nation and internationally.

Events & Series   

Students from all majors are invited to attend programs. Faculty are encouraged to refer students and, if appropriate, give credit for attending ELC programs.

Great Lecture Series

Improving the Public’s Health through Better Interprofessional Communication


Melvin D. Shipp, OD, MPH, DrPH

Since 2004, Dr. Melvin D. Shipp has served as the dean of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. In addition to the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree, this College offers the MS and PhD degrees in Vision Science, and—beginning in 2009—the combined OD/MPH degree. Previously, Dr. Shipp was a member of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry faculty, and also served as the assistant dean of Clinical Services, and Director of Clinics.

Dr. Shipp has advised/served several federal institutions, notably, the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He was a member of the NEI Planning Committee for the National Eye Health Education Project, a nationwide program with the goal of preventing blindness through public and professional education. In 2006, he co-chaired the development of a CDC sponsored vision health initiative, Improving the Nation’s Vision Health: A Coordinated Public Health Approach. Dr. Shipp is currently a member of Prevent Blindness America’s National Board of Directors.

In 2010, Dr. Shipp became the first optometrist to be elected to the office of President-Elect of the American Public Health Association (APHA). APHA is the world’s oldest and largest public health association. Dr. Shipp is a Past-President of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). ASCO is comprised of the twenty-one member schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Shipp earned his Doctor of Optometry (OD) from Indiana University, his Master of Public Health (MPH) from Harvard University, and his Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the University of Michigan. He is a former Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow; during this fellowship, he was a health legislative assistant to Senator Donald Riegle, Jr. (D-MI).

Contact Malaika Horne at (314) 516-6240 for more information.


Sponsored by the College of Optometry and the Alumni Association 


Executive Fellows Mentoring Project

The Executive Fellows Mentoring Project connects Executive Fellows with UMSL students and alumni who are transitioning to professional careers and/or career advancement. Executive Fellows are senior-level executives and thought-leaders who volunteer their time at the UMSL Executive Leadership Consortium. 

Fellows are available to facilitate three sessions to mentor small groups (3-5) to help students meet their career goals after graduation. Students must attend all three sessions to receive a Letter of Participation for their career portfolios. 

After registration, please contact Dr. Malaika Horne by email or (314) 516-4749 to make an appointment for a brief orientation, mentor assignment and meeting location.

Robert Muldoon, international business consultant
Dates: Thursdays | March 5, 12, 19
Time: 2:00–3:15 PM

Gary Lee, president, Space Tek
Dates: Tuesdays | March 31, April 7, 14
Time: 2:00–3:15 PM

Tom Teasdale, president, retired, Wischmeyer Architects
Dates: Wednesdays | March 4, 11, 18
Time: 2:00–3:15 PM

Dr. Bayard Clark, former CFO Commerce Bancshares, Missouri History Museum
Dates: Mondays | March 30, April 6, 13
Time: 2:00–3:15 PM

Linda Goldstein, businesswoman former mayor 
Dates: Thursdays | April 9, 16, 23
Time: 2:00–3:15 PM

St. Louis Rotary Club Ethics Panel

When: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | 5:30-6:45 PM
Where: Summit Lounge, J.C. Penney Conference Center

A panel of leaders, St. Louis Rotary Club members and other professionals, discusses professional ethics with students and faculty. Can reserve for an entire classes to attend. Faculty can give credit for student participation. Also faculty can reserve for an entire class to attend.


The director, Dr. Malaika Horne, is the administrative head of the Executive Leadership Consortium. She directs the manner of the implementation of the policies of the institute and oversees procedures, rules, and regulations.

The director's responsibilities include:

Malaika Horne is founding director of the Executive Leadership Consortium. Previously she served as a professor at Webster University, School of Communications and Journalism. Before that, she was managing director of Narcotics Service Council.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UMSL, a master’s degree in Urban Affairs from Saint Louis University, a doctorate in public policy studies from Saint Louis University, and a post-doctorate in psychiatric epidemiology and bio-statistics from Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

She is a journalist and academic writer, currently writing a column in the business section of the St. Louis American newspaper and frequently writes for St. Louis Women on the Move magazine.

Dr. Horne is curator emeritus of the University of Missouri System, serving as president in 1997. She has served in many other board capacities, including founding vice chair of ARCHS, co-chair of its Sustainable Neighborhoods, the Urban League Guild Friends of KWMU Board.

She currently serves as board vice president of the Scholarship Foundation, board member of Coro Leadership Center of St. Louis, board member of the St. Louis Art Museum, board member of Accion Social Communitaria, a social service program for immigrants and a member of Ready Readers, a program that promotes reading to underserved children. A longtime advocate of character education for children, she serves on the national advisory council of Sri Sathya Sai Baba Education in Human Values, a worldwide organization.

She is recipient of the 2001 Women of Achievement Award and has received numerous other recognitions and awards.

She is married and lives in the Central West End with her husband, Prince A. Wells III, music professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Her hobbies are volunteerism, reading, art, music, fashion, interior design, health and fitness, and travel in this country as well as abroad to Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central America.

Executive Fellows

In addition, ELC has an Executive Fellows component. Executive fellows are thought leaders, typically former or transitioning heads of companies or agencies. They arrange with the director to serve six-month to two-year terms, volunteering to impart insight about leadership development with students, faculty, staff and the public. They are also members of the ELC Advisory Council.

Responsibilities include:


Gary Lee

Gary graduated from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1969 with a bachelor's in business administration. He currently lives in St. Louis but has lived in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Atlanta, with jobs ranging from sales and marketing for a large steel company to working for a family company and later for Newell Rubbermaid as a company president. Most recently he started two businesses: an Internet design company and an importer of building products selling to installers for new homes.

Lee has had numerous leadership roles in his church and served over 10 years on the board of Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club. He is currently an assistant basketball coach at Chaminade High School.

Lee’s father, Desmond Lee, is a well-known philanthropist who has given his time, talents, and money to help others in St. Louis. Lee has two children who have successful careers in North Carolina and New York.


Tom Teasdale

Following the receipt of his degree from Washington University and three years in the U. S. Air Force, Tom began a long business career with an established St. Louis firm where he rose through the ranks to the position of  company president in 1995. His specialities with the company included project management, quality control, financial management and marketing.
Tom has served on a various business related local and national committees and boards. He has received numerous honors including the AIA Gold Honor Award for Lifetime Achievements and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington University. The mayor of the city of Kirkwood appointed Tom to terms on the Board of Adjustment and the Architectural Review Board and he currentlyserves on the Community Advisory Board for SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, MO.
Tom is past president of the Rotary Club of St. Louis and The Executives Association of St. Louis.


Robert Muldoon

Robert is an international business consultant. His  background includes financial management such as manufacturing plant controller, division controller, treasurer, vice president of finance and vice president of operations in companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small, family-owned.

As division controller, he was responsible for financial evaluation of manufacturing feasibility studies, undertaken at foreign locations, which resulted in establishing factories producing medical supplies in Petit Rechin, Belgium and Fukuori, Japan.

As vice president of operations, Muldoon consolidated several manufacturing subsidiaries that resulted in profitable reorganization of companies.

As a consultant, he was invited by the Prime Minister of Ireland to make presentations to academic and government officials that transferred the technology involved in an econometric model of world agriculture from universities in the U.S. to universities and Departments of Agriculture in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Muldoon received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA in Specialization-International Business from St. Louis University. He is currently working on his doctorate in Adult Education at the University Missouri-St. Louis.


Linda Goldstein

Linda Goldstein has a unique combination of private sector and public service experience and skills. As a respected public official, Linda is known for her achievement of bold community initiatives. Her public engagement, building collaborations among diverse groups, public-private partnership creation and public speaking. As a senior level organizational leader and small business owner, she has a more than twenty-year track record of producing bottom line results. Her business skills include strategic planning, budget development and P&L responsibility, recruiting and training, team building, and merger integration.

Prior to founding Linda Goldstein Consulting, LLC, Linda served as an elected official in the City of Clayton for fourteen years. She led the city as Clayton’s first woman mayor from 2007-2013. In the private sector, Linda managed commercial flooring, maintenance and the restoration business and achieved consistently profitable results, often exceeding industry standards, which earned her a national reputation for best practices in her industry.

Linda has served on a number of nonprofit boards and is currently on the board of the Scholarship Foundation (board president 1995-1998), Central Institute for the Deaf, United States Green Building Council and The Clayton Century Foundation.

Awards include the St. Louis Business Journal’s 25 Most Influential Women in Business, Coro Leadership Center’s Outstanding Alumni Award and Winning Women’s Public Service Award.  She has been named as one of the Most Influential St. Louisans by the St. Louis Business Journal every year since 2008 and was chosen by the Riverfront Times as “Best Mayor” in 2009.  In 2012, Linda was honored as the Public Official of the Year by the Missouri Park & Recreation Association and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Bicycle Federation.

Linda is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and as master’s degree in counseling psychology from St. Louis University.


Bayard Clark

Bayard Clark, PhD, recently joined the History Department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis as coordinator for its new internship program. Immediately prior, he served for a year as CFO of the Missouri History Museum.

In May 2013, he earned a doctorate in American Studies at St. Louis University and previously a juris doctorate at the same school. Clark graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American history. There, he was a Morehead Scholar and recipient of a NROTC scholarship. After graduation he then served four years as a lieutenant in the United States Navy before beginning a 38 year career in commercial banking in St. Louis.

Clark retired in 2010 after spending the last 34 years of his banking career with Commerce Bancshares, a regional banking company with $22 billion in assets. For the last thirteen years at Commerce he was executive vice president and chief financial officer with added responsibilities for mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, strategic planning, real estate and asset/liability management. Clark was the point on more than 40 bank acquisitions, which helped create the bank's current five-state lower Midwest footprint. During his stint as CFO the bank was financially strong enough during the 2008-2009 financial crisis to decline government money under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP); in fact, Commerce was the largest bank in the country, by market capitalization, to make this decision.

Dr. Clark has served on numerous civic and community boards during his career. He is a past participant in Leadership St. Louis and was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal with its 2009 CFO of the Year award. Presently, he is a member of the Pierre Laclede Honors College Leadership Council at UMSL and a trustee of Webster University. He is married, has three children, six grandchildren and resides in Clayton. In his spare time he is a dedicated trekker having ascended major mountains on four continents.