News Release from AASCU


Contact: Jennifer Walpole (202) 478-4665


(Washington, D.C.)—The American Association of State Colleges and Universities  (AASCU) announced today that Toyia K. Younger, Ph.D., will serve as vice president for leadership development and member services; she will begin at AASCU in early January, 2017.

Younger, currently interim chief diversity officer and associate vice chancellor for student affairs with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), brings to AASCU more than 15 years of higher education experience. In her current roles she provides leadership and direction for developing, implementing and monitoring programs and processes that promote and sustain access, diversity and equity throughout the system. She also provides system-level support and advocacy for student affairs functions on all 31 college and university campuses, including admissions, registration, financial aid, student life and disability support services.

Prior to MnSCU, Younger served as assistant provost in the division of academic affairs at Towson University (Md.); as director of student affairs in the office of academic affairs for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; as assistant director of outreach for the College of Education at the University of Maryland – College Park; and as director of student life at the Rockville campus of Montgomery College.

As vice president for leadership development and member services, Younger will lead the association in the creation, management and successful implementation of programs and activities in membership recruitment and retention. She will also provide thought-leadership on conference programming and logistics—including registration, leadership and oversight of corporate sponsorships; and related areas for AASCU members and their constituents. 

“Toyia has experience in a public university setting, in an association, and in a college and university system, which gives her a comprehensive understanding of the environment in which AASCU and its members operate,” said AASCU President Muriel Howard. “This background, as well as her core values, align especially well with AASCU’s goals for enhancing our service to members and support for their missions.”

In accepting her appointment, Younger says, “I look forward to joining Dr. Howard and the senior leadership team and becoming an integral part of the organization’s unwavering commitment to developing higher education leadership and serving the diverse needs of the AASCU membership.”

Younger has published and presented extensively on issues of diversity, access, equity and student affairs. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Policy, Higher Education, from the University of Maryland College Park; a Master of Arts in Counseling from Trinity University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations from Michigan State University.


American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.