• 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
    10. Chancellor Emeritus F.C. Richardson, Indiana University Southeast

    Institution membership/participation at time of MLI founding



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

    • 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

      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 Interim President of Atlanta Metropolitan State College

      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

      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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