The American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) is a premier leadership development program that provides individuals traditionally underrepresented in the highest ranks of higher education the opportunity to develop skills, gain a
philosophical overview and build the network needed to advance to the presidency.
MLI was originally conceived by AASCU’s African-American presidents to ensure that the next generation of leaders in higher education reflects the diversity of our nation. The program identifies African-American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islanders in
senior-level positions who are interested in career advancement and helps them achieve that goal. MLI, however, accepts all qualified applicants who meet the requirements.
For almost 21 years, MLI has reinforced the vital role that diversity plays in the institutional mission, assisting participants to advance in their careers and helping institutions diversify their executive leaderships.
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Amy Sueyoshi (Class of 2018) has been selected as Dean for College of Ethnic Studies of San Francisco State University
Angela Jones (Class of 2019) has been selected as Chief Executive Officer of Washington STEM
Aswani Volety (Class of 2018) has been selected as Provost and VP for Academic Affairs of Elon University
Berenecea Johnson Eanes (Class of 2012) has been selected as Interim President of York College
Bonita Brown (Class of 2010) has been selected as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Northern Kentucky University
(Class of 2005) has been selected as President of Millersville University
Dwaun Warmack (Class of 2013) has been selected as President of Claflin University. This marks his second presidency.
Georj L. Lewis (Class of 2013) has been selected as President of Atlanta Metropolitan State College
LaTonia Collins Smith (Class of 2019) has been selected as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs of Harris-Stowe State University
Lesia Crumpton-Young (Class of 2017) has been
selected as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of Morgan
Mary Ann Villarreal (Class of 2018) has been selected as Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion of University of Utah
Patricia Arredondo (Class of 2010) has been elected to Chair AAHHE Board of Directors
(Class of 2018) has been selected as Provost and Vice President for
Academic Affairs of California State University, Fresno
(Class of 2017) has been selected as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs of the
University of California, Irvine
Complete list of MLI Graduates'
Career Advancements (pdf)