Keith McGee

Training Specialist for the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership  |  University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service

Keith L. McGee serves as a Leadership Training Specialist for the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership (NCEL) at the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service.

A Tennessee native, Keith previously served in city and county government for almost 28 years, retiring as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Memphis. In this role, Keith led the day-to-day operations of the country’s 18th largest city. He also served the City of Memphis as the Director of the Human Resources Division and Secretary to the Civil Service Commission.

During his more than eleven years with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, Keith advanced from Sergeant to Administrative Lieutenant, Jail Support Manager and ultimately Operations Officer for the first Corrections Training Academy. In addition, Keith has provided consulting services for the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Corrections providing training across the United States.

From 1993-2022, Keith has also led the Keith McGee Group, an executive and human resources consulting firm. The firm’s clients included Federal Express, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the University of Memphis, McNeill Hotel Company, and the City of Franklin.

Keith has a bachelor’s degree in human services from Thomas Edison State University and a master's degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Trevecca Nazarene University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Leadership (EdD) from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Keith has had the privilege to share in ministry for over 37 years. Keith was the Pastor of the historic St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Tipton County for over 23 years and currently serves The Church Without Walls-Nashville. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, movies, music, and great food. Keith is married to the former Natasha Metcalf, and they have three beautiful children.

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