Leadership Program

Administration Building, Room 321

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7298


Virginia Grimes


Leadership Program

Applications are reviewed by the Board of Trustees, who are responsible for selecting the WestStar class. Only one class is chosen each year. Selection is based on leadership achievements and potential to contribute to the development of the region. Geography and diversity are factors in the overall class selection. Past participants have been chosen from all occupations and levels of community and regional involvement. WestStar does not select on the basis of age, sex, race or religion.


Candidates need to provide a completed application. Applications may be faxed, but the original must be on file in the WestStar office to be eligible for selection.


If accepted for the program, a tuition fee of $700 is payable prior to the first session. The fee includes meals during each session, breaks, program materials and expenses. Participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation. Two-thirds of actual participant cost is underwritten by the program sponsors.


WestStar is an exciting program of study designed exclusively for class members. One of the major benefits of the program is the interaction with other class members and the people who are shaping the future of West Tennessee. Therefore, the program requires full participation by those selected for the program. Applicants should carefully review the program dates and assure their availability for all sessions. Board of Trustee policy specifies that any absence from a session or any part of a session be reviewed by the Trustees to determine if continued successful participation is still feasible.


WestStar benefits the people of West Tennessee first and foremost as a result of the knowledge, commitment, excitement, and enthusiasm graduates have for helping the region achieve its potential. Individuals also benefit from:

  • The new skills and knowledge they have gained from the seminars
  • The contact and friendships made with fellow class members and recognized state leaders
  • The confidence acquired in their ability to make a difference in their communities and the region
  • Public recognition from membership in a unique commitment to serving their communities and the state


“Opening Retreat/Orientation”
December 11, 2014, Martin


“Agriculture and Transportation”
January 8-9, 2015, Martin/Union City
(Obion & Weakley Counties)


“Fundamentals of Economic Development: Building Communities from the Base Up”
January 29-30, 2015, Brownsville/Covington
(Haywood & Tipton Counties)


“Health, Welfare, and Social Consequences: The Humanity of Leadership”
February 12-13, 2015, Jackson (Madison County)


“Public Policy Issues: What is Happening in Tennessee?”
March 10-11, 2015, Nashville – Tuesday/Wednesday


“Education: Creating Partnerships for Economic Development”
April 9-10, 2015, Ripley/Dyersburg (Dyer & Lauderdale Counties)

“Energy, Environment and Technology
April 23-24, 2015
(Gibson & Crockett Counties)


“Building Partnerships for West Tennessee and Tourism”
May 21-22, 2015, Paris (Henry County)


“Taking Your Community Strengths and Making Them an Asset”
June 4-5, 2015, Selmer/Savannah/Pickwick
(McNairy & Hardin Counties)


“Celebrating the WestStar Class of 2015: Graduation Banquet”
June 18, 2015 (evening only), Jackson


Class of 2015 will be announced November 24, 2014

Application forms are available at http://app.perfectforms.com/player.htm?f=SkLggAEk

Nomination forms are available at http://app.perfectforms.com/player.htm?f=Z0jBggEm

A reference forms are available at http://app.perfectforms.com/player.htm?f=8UrAAgsH