Penn Announces its First Cohort of Minority Serving Institutions Aspiring Leaders Program

The Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education recently launched its inaugural Minority Serving Institutions Aspiring Leaders program. The goal of the program is to train the next generation of university presidents who will lead the country’s minority serving institutions, including historically Black colleges and universities.

The Aspiring Leaders mentoring program will host a three-day forum on November 17 for 21 participants. The forum will include discussions and workshops on topics such as the presidential nomination process, managing relationships with faculty, using data to make decisions, fiscal management, strategic fundraising, assessing student learning, and navigating the media.

Following the forum, the participants will be paired with current and past presidents of minority serving institutions. Mentors and their mentees will participate in a one-on-one relationship over two years.

The 21 participants include seven individuals from historically Black colleges and universities. They are:

  • Angela Alvarado Coleman, Florida A & M University
  • Tierney Bates, North Carolina Central University
  • Davida Haywood, Alabama State University
  • Sherlynn Hall, Arkansas Baptist College
  • Stephanie Krah, Central State University
  • Martin Lemelle, Grambling State University
  • Michael McFrazier, Prairie View A&M University


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