About Shirley Raines

“Whether in a board room or before 18,000 at the FedEx Forum, Dr. Raines immediately connects with people. She embodies what leadership is – character, capability and being a catalyst for positive change.”
– Thomas Kadien,
Vice President, International Paper

“Dr. Shirley Raines has that rare talent of being able to speak in front of hundreds of people and every person in the room will feel that she is personally speaking to them. “

-David Cox, Campus Administrator

“Dr. Raines lead a retreat for our foundation, and her ability to engage donors and guide us to a shared vision made the event a success. She knows fundraising and has the enthusiasm and leadership skills to work with groups.”

– Chris Whaley, President
Roane State Community College

Speaker and Consultant

Shirley Raines has spoken, consulted and written about her experiences in the fields of Leadership and Education. In her speeches and consulting, she presents successful role models and how to face challenges as a leader. 

Leadership Development

Dr. Raines has retained her roots in education and has developed a focus on leadership development and forming leadership teams, based on her administrative experiences.

She enjoys interacting with educators, non-profit administrators, community and corporate leaders from the classroom to the board room.

University Administrator

During her university teaching, Dr. Raines became an administrator serving as department chair, dean, vice chancellor and university president. She may be the only preschool teacher in American who became a university president.

Teacher, Professor, Author

Dr. Raines started her career as a teacher of young children, then became a Head Start Program and Child Care center Director. Later, as a teacher educator and professor, she wrote books for early childhood educators, parents and librarians. Soon to be released: An Uncommon Journey: Leadership Lessons From A Preschool Teacher Who  Became A University President.