• AASCU Mentor Community

    Thank You to Our AASCU Community of Mentors for Supporting our Emerging Leaders, Aspiring Presidents, and New Presidents!

    Each of AASCU’s leadership development programs includes a mentoring component, rallying the talents, generosity, and expertise of AASCU members and renowned higher education leaders who share our commitment to investing in the next generation. This fall the participants of the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) were assigned advisors from the Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) alumni network, and the participants of MLI and New Presidents Academy (NPA) were assigned sitting presidents/chancellors to serve as their mentors.

    ELP provides the opportunity for participants to assess their individual leadership style and strengths and to apply the skills learned in the instructional portion of the program to a project/initiative on their home campus over the course of the academic year. The participants are grouped together by projects covering similar topics and each group is assigned a project advisor from the MLI alumni network. We’d like to say a special thank you to the 12 MLI alumni for volunteering their time and supporting the emerging leaders with their campus projects:

    • Ron Darbeau, Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Academic, Operations, Lock Haven University (PA)
      MLI Class of 2022
    • Rito Silva, Vice President for Enrollment Services and Student Affairs, Texas A&M University Kingsville
      MLI Class of 2022
    • Farrah Ward, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Elizabeth City State University (NC)
      MLI Class of 2020
    • Anthony Graham, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Winston-Salem State University (NC)
      MLI Class of 2021
    • Cheryl Gittens, Associate Vice Provost, Faculty and Staff Affairs, of Wisconsin-Madison
      MLI Class of 2021
    • Suzanne Smith, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Georgia Southwestern State University
      MLI Class of 2020
    • Shontay Delalue, Senior Vice President & Senior Diversity Officer, Dartmouth College (NH)
      MLI Class of 2022
    • Montrese Adger Fuller, Vice President of Advancement, External Relations and Marketing and Executive Director of the Gordon State College Foundation, Gordon State College (GA)
      MLI Class of 2022
    • Judi Clarke, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Stony Brook University (NY)
      MLI Class of 2022
    • Monica T. Leach, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Fayetteville State University (NY)
      MLI Class of 2019
    • Mari Fuentes Martin, Vice President for Student Success & Engagement, Texas A&M University San Antonio
      MLI Class of 2021
    • LeManuel (Lee) Bitsóí, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Brandeis University (MA)
      MLI Class of 2021

    A critical component of MLI is a yearlong mentorship between protégés and a university president/chancellor. The combination of access to a diverse group of higher education professionals in the AASCU organization, access to MLI faculty, and access to a mentor who is a sitting president or chancellor, serves to create a supportive environment that is designed to broaden the intellectual curiosity and strengthen the professional skills of MLI protégés. MLI is fortunate to have a strong team of 22 presidential mentors who are making every effort to provide protégés with guidance and support as they ascend their career ladder:

    • Jann L. Joseph, President, Georgia Gwinnett College
      NPA Class of 2019
    • DeRionne Pollard, President, Nevada State College
    • NPA Class of 2021
    • David Wilson, President, Morgan State University (MD)
    • Ellen Junn, President, California State University, Stanislaus
    • Paul E. Pitre, Chancellor, Washington State University Everett
    • NPA Class of 2017
    • Berenecea Johnson Eanes, President, City University of New York, York College
      MLI Class of 2012 & NPA Class of 2021
    • Heidi Anderson, President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
      NPA Class of 2018
    • Laurie A. Carter, President, Lawrence University (WI)
      NPA Class of 2017
    • Walter Kimbrough, President, Dillard University (LA)
      *Recently retired, now serving as interim executive director of the Black Men’s Research Institute at Morehouse College
      MLI Class of 2002
    • Jackie Jenkins-Scott, Interim President, Roxbury Community College (MA)
    • Dennis J. Shields, President, Southern University System and Southern University A&M College (LA)
      MLI Class of 2009
    • Kenichi Iwama, Chancellor, Indiana University Northwest
      MLI Class of 2014
    • Aminta Breaux, President, Bowie State University (MD)
      MLI Class of 2010 & NPA Class of 2017
    • Susan A. Elkins, Chancellor, University of South Carolina Palmetto College
      MLI Class of 2005 & NPA Class of 2014
    • Marion A. Terenzio, President, SUNY, College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill
      NPA Class of 2015
    • Tuajuanda Jordan, President, St. Mary's College of Maryland
    • Patricia Okker, President, New College of Florida
      MLI Class of 2019
    • Tomás D. Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino
      MLI Class of 2004
    • Patricia Pierce Ramsey, President, City University of New York, Medgar Evers College
      MLI Class of 2005 & NPA Class of 2021
    • Carlos Vargas-Aburto, President, Southeast Missouri State University
      NPA Class of 2015
    • Karrie Gibson Dixon, Chancellor, Elizabeth City State University (NC)
      MLI Class of 2013

    One of NPA’s key program objectives is to create a community of support for new presidents to include peers and experienced (current and retired) presidents. The NPA network is an invaluable resource for presidents throughout their careers. We are grateful for the 28 mentors who we can count on to share their wisdom, perspective, and experiences with our newest AASCU presidents: 

    • David Wilson, President, Morgan State University (MD)
    • Brendan B. Kelly, President, University of West Georgia
      NPA Class of 2017
    • Thomas A. Cropper, President, California State University Maritime Academy
      NPA Class of 2014
    • Cynthia L. Pemberton, President, Lewis-Clark State College (ID)
    • Mark A. Nook, President, University of Northern Iowa
    • Makola M. Abdullah, President, Virginia State University
      NPA Class of 2016
    • Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President, San Jose State University (CA)
      NPA Class of 2015
    • Janine Davidson, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
      NPA Class of 2017
    • Joe Bertolino, President, Southern Connecticut State University
    • Lynn Mahoney, President, San Francisco State University (CA)
      NPA Class of 2019
    • Emily F. Cutrer, President, Texas A&M University-Texarkana
    • Brian E. Noland, President, East Tennessee State University
    • Virginia Arthur, President, Metropolitan State University (CO)
      NPA Class of 2016
    • Brian O. Hemphill, President, Old Dominion University (VA)
    • Kristin G. Esterberg, Chancellor, University of Washington Bothell
      NPA Class of 2014
    • Ora H. Pescovitz, President, Oakland University (MI)
      NPA Class of 2017
    • Steve Turner, President, Northeastern State University (OK)
    • Zulma R. Toro, President, Central Connecticut State University
    • Lynnette Zelezny, President, California State University, Bakersfield
    • Richard Helldobler, President, William Paterson University (NJ)
      NPA Class of 2018
    • Scott Robert Olson, President, Winona State University (MN)
    • Alexander N. Cartwright, President, University of Central Florida
    • Al M. Panu, Chancellor, University of South Carolina Beaufort
    • Alisa White, President, Sam Houston State University (TX)
      NPA Class of 2014
    • Timothy Patrick Mottet, President, Colorado State University-Pueblo
    • Harold L. Martin, Chancellor, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
    • Ronald S. Rochon, President, University of Southern Indiana
      MLI Class of 2009 & NPA Class of 2018

    Thank you again to our AASCU community for investing in the higher education pipeline by volunteering your time and supporting our 2022 cohorts. We cannot do this important work without you!