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CMSI Announces the Fourth Cohort of Aspiring Leaders


Natalie Passov  | | 848-932-0728

New Brunswick, N.J., January 17, 2024— The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) is proud to announce its fourth cohort of MSI Aspiring Leaders. The program consists of a two-day forum – that will be held from Thursday, April 18, 2024, to Friday, April 19, 2024 – and a one and a half-year mentoring program that connects prominent Minority Serving Institution (MSI) presidential leaders with mid-career aspiring leaders in an effort to prepare the next generation of MSI presidents.

We are pleased to announce the next cohort of MSI Aspiring Leaders:

  • Sevaughn Banks, California State University, Stanislaus
  • Shawnrece Campbell, Northern Michigan University
  • Shetay Ashford-Hanserd, Texas State University
  • Peter Eley, Alabama A&M University
  • Jim Harper, North Carolina Central University
  • Adriel Hilton, Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families
  • Daniel Jean, Montclair State University
  • Erica King-Toler, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)
  • Dionne Miller, LaGuardia Community College
  • Marisol Morales, American Council on Education
  • Juan Morales, Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • Brandon Nichols, Olive-Harvey College
  • Juanita Ortiz, Oklahoma City Community College
  • Richard Peters, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Narketta Sparkman-Key, James Madison University

Read more about the selected Aspiring Leaders here.

"Right now, it's a very tough time to be a leader of a college or university," shared Marybeth Gasman, CMSI Executive Director, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education, and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. "Our program is uniquely designed to tackle the current issues that presidents are facing."

Funded by the Kresge Foundation and the ECMC Foundation, the forum will include a variety of sessions on topics such as fundraising, mentoring strategies, trustee relationship management, crisis management and communication.

Following the forum, Aspiring Leaders and their presidential mentors will participate in a one-on-one relationship over the next year and a half managed by CMSI. CMSI will provide benchmarks to be completed at various points throughout the mentoring relationship. They will also benefit from monthly webinars on salient topics, and career support as they pursue presidencies.

Learn more about the program here!


About the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions
The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) brings together researchers and practitioners from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. CMSI’s goals include: elevating the educational contributions of MSIs; ensuring that they are a part of national conversations; bringing awareness to the vital role MSIs play in the nation’s economic development; increasing the rigorous scholarship of MSIs; connecting MSIs’ academic and administrative leadership to promote reform initiatives; and strengthening efforts to close educational achievement gaps among disadvantaged communities. The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions is part of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity and Justice (Proctor Institute) at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. For further information about CMSI, please visit

Wednesday, January 17, 2024
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