• Millennium Leadership Initiative Director

    John Silvanus Wilson Jr.Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr. is the director of the Millennium Leadership Initiative.

    A former president of Morehouse College, his alma mater, Wilson brings 35 years of experience in higher education to the position – most recently as visiting scholar at Harvard Business School. He also served as senior advisor and strategist to the president of Harvard University and was president-in-residence for Harvard’s School of Education.

  • MLI Founders

    AASCU commends and honors MLI Founders who conceived the vision of MLI, designed the program, and moved it from concept to reality from the first momentous meeting on July 18, 1998.

    Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) prepares the next generation of leaders in higher education by advancing persons who are traditionally underrepresented as presidents and chancellors.

    1. President David G. Carter, Eastern Connecticut State University (Deceased)
    2. President Hazo W. Carter Jr., West Virginia State University (Deceased)
    3. President Marvalene Hughes, California State University, Stanislaus
    4. Chancellor Emeritus Edward B. Fort, North Carolina A&T University
    5. Former President David B. Henson, Lincoln University (Deceased)
    6. Chancellor Emerita Gladys Styles Johnston, University of Nebraska at Kearney (Deceased)
    7. Chancellor Charlie Nelms, University of Michigan - Flint
    8. Former President Wendell Rayburn, Lincoln University (AASCU Staff Liaison) (Deceased)
    9. Former Chancellor James C. Renick, University of Michigan - Dearborn (Deceased)
    10. Chancellor Emeritus F.C. Richardson, Indiana University Southeast

    Institution membership/participation at time of MLI founding


  • How to Participate

    • MLI Institute
      Yearlong series of learning experiences; in-person summer bootcamp followed by virtual learning and networking experiences. 
    • MLI Membership
  • Contact MLI

    • Karusha Naidoo
      Director of Leadership Development and Millennium Leadership Initiative
      (202) 478-4655