News Release from AASCU


Contact: Victoria Markovitz (202) 478-4668


Washington, D.C.—A new cohort of 29 standout, senior-level higher education professionals will participate in the 2019 Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI). MLI, one of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) premier leadership development programs, provides individuals traditionally underrepresented in the highest ranks of postsecondary education with the opportunity to develop skills, gain a philosophical overview, and build the network needed to advance to the presidency. The program celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and has produced 570 graduates, of which 104 have become first-time presidents or chancellors and more than one-third have advanced significantly in their careers. 

“I am proud to welcome the next generation of higher education leaders to MLI,” said Dr. Mary Evans Sias, director of the program and assistant to AASCU’s president. “For over 20 years, MLI has continued to diversify the most senior ranks of higher education, and the stellar individuals in this class will ensure our colleges and universities have the perspectives they need to solve difficult issues, to shape inclusive learning environments, and to provide strong role models that represent their student populations.”

The participants, also referred to as protégés, will begin MLI by attending the MLI Institute, a four-day, intensive conference held in Washington, D.C. This is followed by a yearlong mentorship with an experienced president and access to coaches who can provide guidance once the mentorship has ended. 

“I never forgot the profound impact MLI had in shaping my career, and I am honored to welcome the next MLI Class as they begin their journey to gain invaluable knowledge and connections from this exceptional program,” said AASCU President Dr. Mildred García, a protégé in MLI’s inaugural class in 1999.

Congratulations to the 2019 MLI Class! View the full list of protégés:



The  American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of nearly 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.