• About the Millennium Leadership Initiative

    MLI logo round 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 Black, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, and Indigenous leaders in senior-level positions whose intended next career step is a presidency and helps them achieve that goal. MLI, however, accepts all qualified applicants who meet the requirements.

    For athe past 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.

    The MLI Experience

    The MLI experience allows participants to determine if the presidency is a realistic goal and affords them the opportunity to develop skills, gain a philosophical overview and build the network to compete for, and attain, the position of college or university president or chancellor. MLI reinforces the vital role that diversity plays in the institutional mission and helps diversify the executive team on campuses.

    Participants apply to the MLI program and are admitted through a rigorous selection process administered by a selection committee composed exclusively of presidents and chancellors. At the MLI Institute, presidential faculty and other experts offer insights into leadership issues and provide skills training. Presidents critique participants’ professional development plans and advise them in career counseling sessions. After the Institute, graduates are assigned a mentor and a coach from an extraordinary group of presidents and chancellors who volunteer to serve as sponsors and advocates, to provide career guidance and assist proteges in the next phases of their careers.


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  • How to Participate

    • MLI Institute
      Yearlong series of learning experiences; in-person summer bootcamp followed by virtual learning and networking experiences. 
    • 2022 Application Form
      For senior administrators applying to the 2022 MLI Institute. Due February 4, 2022.
    • 2022 Nomination Form
      For presidents and chancellors nominating applicants for the 2022 MLI Institute. Due February 4, 2022.
  • Contact MLI

    • Karusha Naidoo
      Associate Director, Millennium Leadership Initiative and Leadership Development and Partnerships
      (202) 478-4655
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