Troy University doctoral students travel to London for global leadership experience

The students will attend the Student Global Leadership Conference and also meet with business, non-profit and academic leaders while in London.

The students will attend the Student Global Leadership Conference and also meet with business, non-profit and academic leaders while in London.

A group of Troy University doctoral students have traveled to London to get a first-hand experience of leadership on the global stage.

The students are a part of the first three cohorts of the University’s online Global Leadership Ph.D. program, which was launched in 2020 in TROY’s College of Education.

The group is attending the Student Global Leadership Conference, hosted by the London-based Foundation for International Education. Now in its fifth year, the conference drew more than 600 students and faculty from 32 countries in 2021. Dr. Basil Read, Adjunct Professor and Dissertation Supervisor for the Global Leadership Ph.D. program, and 14 students from the group will present at the conference in four different sessions. This year’s conference theme is “Leading by Example: Making a Social Impact.”

The London Practicum is part of the doctoral course Internship in Global Leadership. To participate, students must be currently enrolled and have included a minimum of 10 credit hours completed within the Ph.D. program.

“The London Practicum provides a unique opportunity for Global Leadership students to present what they are learning to an international audience, immerse themselves in another culture, and gain new perspectives on how to lead in a globalized environment,” Dr. Read said.

Following the conference, the Ph.D. students will interact with leaders of large and small businesses, not-for-profit leaders and academics. Highlights will include interaction with senior managers at Lloyd’s of London, discussions with faculty from the London School of Economics and Political Science, engagement with members of the Kent, England Chamber of Commerce, learning about the UK health system and the country’s actions in addressing COVID from a British doctor, and taking a business from start-up to an international brand with the CEO of Biotiful Dairy.  

Ph.D. students participating in the trip are: Sohail Agboatwala of Troy; Jenene Calloway of Green Bay, Wis.; Ryan Coacher of Woodbridge, Va.; Austin Coar of Birmingham; Lauren Cole of Troy; James Dryjanski of Montgomery; Gregory Gumina of Trussville; Andres Goynaes of Orlando, Fla.; Alice Irby of Alberta; Jonathan Jett of Prattville; Melissa Jordan of Swansea, Ill.; Michel Lundula of Le Mars, Iowa; Latasha Morss of Columbus, Ga.; Johnathan Poarch of Hueytown; Mary Joann Rouse of Troy; Assad Raza of Midland, Ga.; and, William “Wes” Ward of Springville.

TROY’s Ph.D. in Global Leadership aims to help students develop a variety of leadership skills and competencies, including effective leadership for organizational change, facilitation of global teams, effective communication, and improving organizational effectiveness. Additional information about the program is available at