• Mentor and Coach Component

    The Millennium Leadership Initiative prepares the next generation of executive leaders in higher education. There are two components to MLI. The first is an intensive four-day program of lectures and pertinent sessions that informs and advises the protégés about executive leadership at colleges and universities. Upon completion of the Institute, each protégé is assigned to a current president or chancellor as a mentor, and a former president or chancellor as a coach.

    This mentoring component is the centerpiece of the MLI program. It is comprised of a yearlong protégé-mentor-relationship with a president or chancellor. There are frequent face-to-face meetings, personal consultation, evaluation of career options, and development of strategies for achieving the protégés career objectives. During this experience the protégés remain in their current position with their home institution.

    Mentors will:

    1. Invite protégés for a campus visit to “shadow the president or chancellor,” including meetings with senior staff and key external community leaders;
    2. Provide protégés counsel and assistance to identify career development and leadership opportunities in higher education;
    3. Serve as a liaison to connect protégés to other pertinent individuals and resources as needed; Assist protégés to advance their leadership role in higher education;
    4. Assist protégés to refine and implement a professional development plan for their career;
    5. Provide an evaluation of the yearlong experience; and
    6. Notify the Director of the MLI, in a timely manner, of any problems or difficulties.


    Professional coaching within MLI’s curriculum is designed to provide valuable insights, guidance and support in promoting innovative, inspired, resourceful leaders for America’s colleges and universities. Coaches provide protégés with an opportunity for regular, targeted, individualized attention for the development of their career and personal goals in a safe, structured environment.

    Coaches will:

    1. Open a session with questions like: how are you doing, why did that happen, or what options are you considering currently?
    2. Help protégés improve their performance, increasing their self-awareness, and finding their own path toward achieving personal and organizational goals and career satisfaction and advancement
    3. Help protégés to think through/brainstorm daily problems, interpersonal relations, university issues, their leadership style, in their current position, and in their career trajectory.
    4. Assist the protégé in making progress on their professional development plan; facilitate the strengthening of leadership skills, such as communication, media relations, fund raising, athletics involvement, resource allocation, and entrepreneurship.
    5. Serve as a sounding board for the protégé as he/she progresses through the program.
    6. Bring experience and guidance regarding the executive search.

  • MLI CONTACTS

    • Karusha Naidoo
      Program Manager, Millennium Leadership Initiative
      (202) 478-4655
  • RESOURCES

    • Map of MLI Presidencies and Chancellorships
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    • News Release
      29 Future Higher Education Leaders Named to AASCU’s 2019 Millennium Leadership Initiative.
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    • News

      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

      Daniel Wubah (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 State University

      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

      Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval (Class of 2018) has been selected as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of California State University, Fresno

      Willie Banks (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)

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