News Release from AASCU


Contact: Jennifer Walpole 202-478-4665


Washington, D.C.—The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has named Said Sewell, Ph.D., a former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lincoln University of Missouri (LU), a senior fellow. In this position, Sewell will join the nation’s leading academic thought leaders in strengthening student success and public higher education’s commitment to underserved student populations. 

Sewell brings nearly 20 years of experience in higher education to the role, serving in various leadership positions in both historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominately white institutions. Some of his accomplishments at LU include helping the school meet all five of the state’s performance funding measures; rank in U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 50 HBCUs; receive a planning grant from the United Negro College Fund to partner with local businesses to provide career preparation for students; and secure over $25 million in external funds to support faculty research, extension efforts, student success, career pathways and general university initiatives. 

Sewell, who earned degrees from Morehouse College and Texas Southern University and a Ph.D. from Clark Atlanta University, completed AASCU’s Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) in 2016. He has authored three books on politics and the political process, and is working on two books on empowering young black men and black male students.

“We are delighted to have Said join the AASCU Student Success Team,” says George Mehaffy, AASCU’s Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change. “He brings a wealth of experience and innovation, and we look forward to his many contributions to our efforts to significantly improve student success in all of our AASCU institutions.”     


AASCU is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of 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. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise of Opportunities for All.