“Service is Leadership.”
Dr. Mani Hull is an expert in international development, institutional capacity building, and higher education leadership and policy. She is a specialist in federal contracting & compliance, finance & budget, human resource management & administration, educational exchange & training, and civic engagement & academic service-learning.
During the first 20 years of her professional career, Hull directed the development of over 450 grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements in conjunction with government agencies, multi-national corporations, consulting firms, and academic institutions. She managed technical, financial, and administrative aspects of 13 long-term international development projects totaling $43,000,000. She recruited and fielded over 1,000 consultants for projects in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, the Newly Independent States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. She hired 300 administrative staff, managed personnel administration for 700 employees, and conducted 900 training workshops. Hull counseled over 3,000 students and placed them in educational programs toward career advancement.
In fall 2006, through a $600,000 federal grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to Vanderbilt University, Hull led the efforts to expand service-learning curriculum integration in all 13 community colleges in Tennessee. The Tennessee Academic Civic Engagement Project was featured on the front page of the Vanderbilt Register. In spring 2008, Hull established the Tennessee Campus Compact (TNCC), the 33rd State Campus Compact in the U.S. The TNCC is affiliated with a national office and 34 State Compacts consisting of 1,200 member institutions who work to uphold the civic purposes of higher education.
In the past eight years, Hull garnered $7,000,000 in federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service and $162,000 from the TN Department of Education to sustain programs and services. TNCC has trained close to 4,000 faculty members in experiential learning theory and practice, engaged scholarship, community development, civic engagement, service-learning curriculum integration, and student programming. TNCC fielded 185 AmeriCorps VISTA members who helped establish 25 Centers for Civic Engagement and Service Learning as well as recorded almost $20,000,000 in student service hours to communities in need. Twenty-two (22) VISTA members have transitioned to full-time staff to sustain campus-community partnerships on member campuses. TNCC has brought national recognition to a record number of campuses through the Presidents? Community Service Honor Roll, the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement, and national faculty and student awards
In 2011-2013, in partnership with the Department of Education and the Achievement School District/Race to the Top Project, TNCC fielded AmeriCorps*VISTAs at high schools. In 2012, TNCC became a partner in the Corporation for National and Community Service-White House Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships-Department of Education Together for Tomorrow Initiative to foster effective community involvement to improve low-performing schools.
In 2012, TNCC was recognized as a key state partner in addressing issues of access, diversity, retention, graduation, and workforce development by the Tennessee General Assembly. TNCC was the first State Campus Compact in the U.S. to be honored by the Together for Tomorrow Initiative. TNCC was also the first State Campus Compact to present at a regional accreditation annual meeting two years in a row.
In 1990-1991, Hull received community service awards from Fairfax and Arlington County schools in Virginia. In 2004-2005, she served on the Research Advisory Council as well as an academic auditor for the Tennessee Board of Regents. In 2008, she served as the Tennessee State University/Tennessee Board of Regents Maxine Smith Fellow. In 2009 and again in 2012, the Governor of Tennessee appointed Hull to the Volunteer Tennessee Board. In 2012, Hull was registered as a service-learning evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Hull has served as a keynote speaker at the Tennessee Association for Colleges and Employers and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.
Hull earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arkansas in 1984, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University in 1989, a masters level certificate in Procurement and Contracts Management from the University of Virginia in 1995, credits toward a Master of Health Science at Johns Hopkins University in 1998, and an Ed.D in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University in 2010. Her dissertation was a national ground-breaking primary data collection research study on the management practices of the 34 State Campus Compacts in the United States.