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:
December 10, 2015, Martin
“Agriculture and Transportation”
January 7-8, 2016, Martin/Union City
(Obion & Weakley Counties)
“Fundamentals of Economic Development: Building Communities from the Base Up”
January 28-29, 2016, Brownsville/Covington
(Haywood & Tipton Counties)
“Health, Welfare, and Social Consequences: The Humanity of Leadership”
February 18-19, 2016, Jackson (Madison County)
“Public Policy Issues: What is Happening in Tennessee?”
March 1-2, 2016, Nashville – Tuesday/Wednesday
“Education: Creating Partnerships for Economic Development”
March 17-18, 2016, Ripley/Dyersburg (Dyer & Lauderdale Counties)
“Energy, Environment and Technology”
April 7-8, 2016
(Gibson & Crockett Counties)
“Building Partnerships for West Tennessee and Tourism”
May 12-13, 2016, Paris (Henry County)
“Taking Your Community Strengths and Making Them an Asset”
June 9-10, 2016, Selmer/Savannah/Pickwick
(McNairy & Hardin Counties)
“Celebrating the WestStar Class of 2016: Graduation Banquet”
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
"WestStar has given me the opportunity to meet people and develop relationships/friendships I would not have had otherwise. These relationships have broadened my professional network, making it more diverse. It's beneficial to have experts you can contact when you need business advice or to find out about resources in other counties. It has also widen my perspective on what other communities around are achieving, especially in the areas of economic development, workforce and education. WestStar continues to be a positive impact on my life!" - Vicki Bunch, Class of 2010
"I am very thankful that UT Martin cares about educating leaders in West TN. Because so many of our problems are regional, it is advantageous to collaborate across county lines. Thanks UT Martin for helping us learn to be better teamplayers!" - Sarah Levy, Class of 2012
"Not growing up in West TN, WestStar provided an education of the region that no other organization could. WestStar has provided me with a network of friends and like-minded community centered folks that have been instrumental in advancing the needs of my community and organization through a regional, big-picture approach to leadership development." - C. Seth Sumner, Class of 2014