• 22 Higher Education Leaders Gather for the 2022 Millennium Leadership Initiative 

    2022 MLI - Morgan State

    David Wilson and Donna Howard of Morgan State University lead discussion

    2022 MLI participants

    MLI program participants in a breakout discussion

    Kendi and Wilson

    Ibram X. Kendi and John S. Wilson Jr.


    Photo Credit: Lisa Helfert for AASCU

    On June 2-5, the 22 higher education leaders named to the 2022 Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) gathered at AASCU’s office in Washington, D.C., for four days of programming designed to develop the next generation of college presidents. This year’s enhanced MLI program under the leadership of Executive Director John S. Wilson Jr. informed and empowered our 2022 MLI cohort to be better, more egalitarian leaders, attuned to the imperatives of a full promise of democracy. Our weekend of training focused on the themes of:

    • What it means to be a values-driven leader. We heard from presidents as they discussed their role in advancing democracy and explored a growth gap tool to identify the gap between who we are and who want to be.
    • The hard skills needed for the role of president, from financial management, to fund- and friend-raising, to media training and how to use data to tell a story of an institution. 
    • What it means to be an equity-centered leader. Ibram X. Kendi—Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the director and founder of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University—shared what presidents should consider when designing an equity-centered campus. Charles William Eliot Professor of Education Andrew Ho and Associate Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Alexis Stokes from Harvard University gave us real-life examples of how we can use pulse surveys to measure belonging on our campuses.

    We want to say a special thank you to our MLI faculty of alumni, AASCU presidents, and consultants who volunteered their time and expertise to invest in the next generation of college presidents.

    The cohort will continue to meet virtually for more impactful programming through March of 2023 and will be paired with a mentor and coach to further their professional development.  

    What participants were saying:

    “Profoundly transformational, eye-opening, and edifying! Thank you. I deeply appreciate being exposed to such an outstanding group of presenters and colleagues. I am changed for the better.”
    “Epiphany after epiphany…excellent! Great use of my time.”
    “I felt like I had the privilege of sitting at the various presidents’ kitchen tables and hearing the real and authentic conversations.”

    2022 MLI Cohort

    MLI 2022 Cohort