About Shirley Raines
– 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
– 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.
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.
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.