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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Alexis Montevirgen (Class of 2017) has been selected as President of Los Angeles Pierce College
Angela Jones (Class of 2019) has been selected as Chief Executive Officer of Washington STEM
Berenecea Johnson Eanes (Class of 2012) has been selected as Interim President of York College
Benjamin Akande (Class of 2010) has been selected as President of Champlain College. This marks his second presidency.
Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore (Class of 2018) has been selected as Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs of California Polytechnic State 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
José Luis Alvarado (Class of 2018) has been selected as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of California State University, Los Angeles
Ken Iwama (Class of 2014) has been selected as President of Indiana University Northwest
LaTonia Collins Smith (Class of 2019) has been selected as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs of Harris-Stowe State University
Roger Ward (Class of 2019) has been selected as Interim Provost, Executive Vice President, and Dean of the Graduate School of University of Maryland Baltimore.
Saul Jiménez-Sandoval (Class of 2018) has been selected as Interim President of Fresno State.
Complete list of MLI Graduates'
Career Advancements (pdf)