• Chidsey Center

    The Chidsey Center for Leadership Development is located in Philanthropic Hall.

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About Chidsey

The Chidsey Center for Leadership Development is named in honor of John and Lisa Chidsey, both Davidson alumni from the class of 1983. John is a college trustee, executive chairman of Red Book Connect, and former CEO of Burger King Corporation. The Chidseys contributed a major gift to Davidson that launched a campus-wide study of student leadership development. With funding from the Chidseys and support from the Duke Endowment, the Center opened in 2007.

Our Staff

Julia Baker Jones

Julia Baker Jones
Director of the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development

I have an M.B.A. and a Certificate of Public Management in Social Entrepreneurship from Stanford University and a B.A. in African-American Studies from Carleton College. Prior to coming to Davidson, I was the program director for Start Up, a nonprofit that provided training and support to low-income aspiring entrepreneurs. Before that I ran my own consulting practice where I worked with leaders of businesses and nonprofits to simultaneously address social issues while remaining (or becoming) financially viable. I also worked on the research team for the book The POWER of Diversity, where I had the opportunity to interview more than 50 managers who were known for getting results while building teams that valued diversity. I have also worked as a Management Consultant for Mercer Management Consulting and as an Enterprise Manager for REDF, a charitable foundation supporting social purpose enterprises. Last, but not least, I am the mother of three great kids.

Cayce Blackley

Cayce Blackley
Assistant Director of the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development

I have an M.A. in College Student Development and a B.S. in Communication Disorders, both from Appalachian State University, in Boone, North Carolina. My role as the Assistant Director for the Chidsey Center is to oversee the Freshman and Senior Chidsey Leadership Fellows Programs as well as the Annual Leadership Retreat. My previous professional experience includes serving as a Program Coordinator at Saint Louis University working with New Student Orientation and the First Year Experience. Prior to that role, I was a Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development at Appalachian State working with Freshman and Senior leadership programming as well as teaching leadership courses. I have published research and presented nationally on the topic of male student engagement on college campuses. I thoroughly enjoy working with college students and facilitating growth and development of the holistic college student. I am also an active member of two Higher Education Professional Organizations including the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administration (NASPA). I am actively involved in both of the organizations' committees, knowledge communities, and regional and national conferences.

Amber MacIntyre

Amber MacIntyre
Chidsey Leadership Program Coordinator

I have an M.A. in Counseling College Student Personnel from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and a B.A. in Communication from North Carolina State University. I have worked in administrative services and support for nonprofit organizations, private and public higher education institutions, and state and local government agencies, and I support the Chidsey Center's programs in myriad ways, including daily operations, social media, and budgeting. I joined Davidson College and the Vann Center for Ethics part time in September 2012 and that December, I began working part-time with the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development. I now split my time between the two centers.