LaELP Staff

James A. Joseph is Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and founding Director of the United States-Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He is also Leader in Residence for the School’s Hart Leadership Program. A prolific writer and speaker, he also founded the Centre at the University of Cape Town, where he is an honorary professor. He has been Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Foundations (1982-95), Vice President of Cummins Engine Company and President of the Cummins Foundation (1971-76), and was appointed Under Secretary of the Interior (1977-81) by President Carter and United States Ambassador to South Africa (1996-2000) by President Clinton.

Lance C. Buhl has been Deputy Director of the Center at Duke since its founding in 2001. Dr. Buhl (Ph.D. history, Harvard) completed a twenty year career in higher education, was program officer then director of corporate contributions for British Petroleum America (1981-1992), and has served as consultant for strategic planning, community assessment, and program evaluation to major foundations, nonprofits and corporations in the United States and abroad. Among his publications is the Center’s Renewing Struggles for Social Justice.

Professor Richard L. McCline, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. McCline has founded several companies including a multi-million business that distributed personal care products and a frozen food company that was an original entry into the highly lucrative ethnic food category. Professor McCline also is the first holder of the James A. Joseph Endowed Chair in Small and Minority Business Enterprise at Southern University where he founded and serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial and Leadership Development. He also co-founded the awarding winning Ohrenschall Center for Entrepreneurship at San Francisco State University. McCline has served as an expert consultant to a wide variety of public and private entities. McCline had developed an international reputation in his discipline, having lectured in Mexico, South America, England, Spain, Italy and other countries in Europe, Eastern Europe and Africa. Additionally, McCline is an accomplished writer with a number of articles in peer reviewed journals and respected publications in the fields of Entrepreneurship, Management and Small Business Strategy.

Leslie Williams has been the Lead Coach for the Louisiana Effective Leadership Program since its inception in 2007. Ms. Williams (M.S., Organization Development, American University) is President of LeaderShift Consulting, a leadership development consulting firm. An experienced executive coach, she has earned the designation of Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, and of Certified Integral Coach through Integral Coaching Canada. She is a senior faculty member of Integral Coaching Canada, and sits on the school’s graduate certification panel. She has also served as adjunct faculty for Georgetown University’s Organization Development Certificate program.