Dr. Harley-McClaskey is considered to be an expert on leadership development in all
workplace sectors. Excellence through leadership, service and civic engagement are
personal passions. She served as a consultant to over 30 organizations on personal
leadership development initiatives, including K & N Management’s 2010 Baldrige winning
As an Associate Professor and director of Academic Leadership Programs at East Tennessee
State University, she developed the Minor in Leadership Studies and the Graduate Certificate
in Community Leadership. She served as part of the team that developed the on-line
master’s in strategic leadership for the state-wide E-Campus Program.
She is the author of the textbook, Developing Human Service Leaders, recently published
by Sage in January of 2016.
Dr. Harley-McClaskey is leadership coach for Gallup specializing in the Strengths
Finder assessment for teams and leaders. She is also a facilitator/mentor and trainer
for the Franklin Covey Organization, and serves on their Higher Education Advisory
Board, reviewing training materials to be used in Colleges and Universities. She is
a leadership consultant for Pal’s Business Excellence Institute, 2015 Level 4 Winner
of the Tennessee Quality Award.
She is active in the community having served as a board or task force leader for Create
Appalachia, the Girl Scouts, Coalition for Kids, Second Harvest Food Bank, Johnson
City Senior Center, Chamber of Commerce, Johnson City/Washington County Community
Youth Leadership Program, and Tennessee Campus Compact.
Deborah holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East
Tennessee State University, a master’s in counseling and a bachelor’s in mathematics
from the University of South Florida.