Cox Institute Recognizes Inaugural Class of Levin Leaders at Spring Leadership Dinner

Cox Institute Recognizes Inaugural Class of Levin Leaders at Spring Leadership Dinner

March 07, 2019

The Levin Leaders from the Cox Institute were recognized at their annual recognition dinner. The keynote speaker was Amy Glennon (ABJ ’90), the Cox Institute Industry Fellow.

Athens, Georgia, on Monday, March 4, 2019

Sarah E. Freeman/Grady College

The James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership at the Grady College recognized its inaugural class of Levin Leaders Monday, presenting the 15 aspiring media leaders with the Cox Institute’s Leadership Medal. The Cox Institute’s Industry Fellow award and five departmental scholarships representing outstanding achievement were also presented.

The Levin Leaders were selected for the
leadership program from a pool of faculty nominations based on their commitment
to professional development through work in student media, internships and
other student activities. They are: Collin Huguley, Danny McArthur, Taylor
Maggiore, Christina Matacotta, Kelly Mayes, Skylar Nicholson, Brittany Paris,
Myan Patel, Casey Rose, Kelsey Russo, Erin Schilling, Alexander Soderstrom,
Alexandra Travis, Ashlyn Webb and Rebecca Wright.

These students,
family, faculty and guests gathered at the University of Georgia’s Special
Collections Library for a dinner ceremony where the students heard from the Amy
Glennon, Grady class of 1990, who has served this year as the Cox Institute’s
Industry Fellow.

“In the end, this is an exceedingly human business,” said Glennon, who had a 24-year-career with Cox Media Group and was the first woman to serve as publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “And leading in this industry requires connecting to people.”

During the scholarship presentations, Erin Schilling and Rebecca Wright were awarded Conrad C. Fink Scholarships; Alexander Soderstrom received the Todd M. Bauer Memorial Award and Casey Rose received the first Barry Hollander Award. Charlotte Norsworthy, who will graduate in May, was named the Morris Media Fellow, which includes an assistantship for continuing her studies at the master’s level at Grady.

The Cox Institute departmental scholarship winners (from l-rt.) are Erin Schilling, Casey Rose, Rebecca Wright, Alex Soderstrom and Charlotte Norsworthy. Athens, Georgia, on Monday, March 4, 2019 Sarah E. Freeman/Grady College

Since its
inception seven years ago, the Cox Institute’s leadership training program has
taught 100 of Grady’s best journalism students about leadership principles.
This year the program was renamed the Levin Leaders Initiative to reflect the
generous support provided by Adam Levin, his wife Heather McDowell, and the
Philip and Janice Levin Foundation. The Levin family’s support provides for
curriculum development, training materials, speaker expenses, experiential
learning opportunities and the annual awards banquet. Levin is a nationally
recognized expert on cyber security, privacy, identity theft, fraud, and
personal finance. He is chairman and founder of CyberScout and was co-founder
of He authored the critically acclaimed book, “Swiped: How to
Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves.”

The students participating
in the leadership program met weekly during January and February with Dr. Keith
Herndon, professor of practice in journalism and director of the Cox Institute.
The sessions featured student discussion leaders guiding conversations about
leadership principles drawn from the “Your Leadership Edge” book published by
the Kansas Leadership Center.

The students said
they found value in leadership discussions with their peers, especially in the
context of news and media professions.

“The best part,
hands down, was getting to have down-to-earth chats as a group about great
topics that forced us to think,” said Myan Patel. Alexandra Travis said, “This
program has taught me that there are so many ways to be a leader, and my style
is just as valid as others.” Danny McArthur said being a Levin Leader has given
her more confidence. “While the stereotypical idea of being a leader is often
about how many important positions you hold, this program taught me that . . .
I can be a leader with whatever I do,” she said.

The program’s emphasis on introspection resonated with the participants. “It was a good time for reflection, to think about who I am, how I do things and why I do them,” said Kelly Mayes. Kelsey Russo added, “It has been an incredible program where I have learned so much about myself.”

Check out more pictures from the banquet here.

Watch the full video here.