Director of Leadership Initiatives and Living Learning Programs
Shonta Phelps is the Director for Leadership Initiatives & Living Learning Programs in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. She also serves as the instructor for the honors seminar Leadership in the Global Marketplace for the Global Scholars and Social Enterprise Scholars Honors Pathways. With a focus on student development, Shonta coordinates several leadership programs within the College such as the Gatton Ambassador program and Women Business Leaders (WBL). Through these programs, Shonta is able to use her coaching and facilitation experience to help students develop a stronger sense of their personal leadership style. Additionally, Ms. Phelps serves as the director for the Business Enterprise Living Learning community which focuses on providing academic support, leadership development, and career exploration for first year business students. This Virginia native earned her Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky and a Masters in Business Administration at Eastern Kentucky University. She has nearly 15 years of experience in higher education spanning an array of focus areas including undergraduate recruitment, enrollment management, academic advising, student support services, and leadership development. As a proud first generation college student, she truly believes in the power of education to transform lives and counts it a blessing to do the job she is called to do!
Office: Gatton 132G