• Millennium Leadership Initiative

    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 logo roundMLI 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 Black, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, and Indigenous leaders in senior-level positions whose intended next career step is a presidency 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.


    Video Testimonials

    What's Your Biggest Takeaway as an MLI Grad?

    How Has MLI Helped Shape Your Career?


    Infographics

    MLI Infographic

    MLI Map
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    2020 Millennium Leadership Initiative Institute

    For information on the 2020 MLI Institute visit aascu.org/meetings/MLI20

    2021 Millennium Leadership Initiative Institute

    For information on the 2021 MLI Institute visit aascu.org/meetings/MLI21

  • MLI CONTACTS

    • Karusha Naidoo
      Associate Director, Millennium Leadership Initiative and Leadership Development and Partnerships
      (202) 478-4655
  • MLI DONATIONS

  • RESOURCES

    • Map of MLI Presidencies and Chancellorships (pdf map)
    • MLI Graduates Serving as Presidents/Chancellors/CEOs
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    • Cover Story in Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
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    • Statements
      Statement from AASCU President Garcia on the Passing of MLI Co-Founder Dr. James Renick 
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    • News Releases
      AASCU names 31 higher education leaders to its 2020 Millennium Leadership Initiative.
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    • Career Advancements

      Kimberley Ballard-Washington (Class of 2019) has been selected as President of Savannah State University

      Vernell Bennett Fairs (Class of 2020) has been selected as President of LeMoyne- Owen College

      Loren Blanchard (Class of 2004) has been selected as President of the University of Houston-Downtown

      Alberto Cardelle (Class of 2006) has been selected as President of SUNY, Oneonta. 

      Terrence Cheng (Class of 2021) has been selected as President of Connecticut State Colleges & Universities 

      LaTonia Collins-Smith (Class of 2019) has been selected as Interim President ofHarris-Stowe State University

      Laura Colson McLean (Class of 2020) has been selected as Vice President of Academic Affairs of Bennett College 

      Gary Crosby (Class of 2016) has been selected as President of Saint Elizabeth University

      Lesia Crumpton- Young (Class of 2017) has been selected as President of Texas Southern University

      Lorenzo Esters (Class of 2010) has been selected as Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College

      Saul Jiménez-Sandoval (Class of 2018) has been selected as President of California State University, Fresno  

      Morakinyo Kuti (Class of 2020) has been selected as Associate Provost for Research of Central State University 

      Monica T. Leach (Class of 2019) has been selected as Provost of Fayetteville State University 

      Joanne Li (Class of 2016) has been selected as Chancellor of University of Nebraska, Omaha

      Avi Mukherjee (Class of 2019) has been selected as Interim Provost of Marshall University 

      Patricia Okker (Class of 2019) has been selected as President of New College of Florida

      Hiram Powell (Class of 2013) has been selected as President of Bethune-Cookman University

      Patricia Ramsey (Class of 2005) has been selected as President of CUNY, Medgar Evers College

      Karrin Scissum Gunn (Class of 2019) has been selected as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of California State University, Long Beach 

      Dione Somerville (Class of 2014) has been selected as President of Owens Community College

      Ian Strachan (Class of 2018) has been selected as President of the University of the Bahamas-North

      Jaime Taylor (Class of 2020) has been selected as President of Lamar University


      Complete list of MLI Graduates' Career Advancements (pdf)

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