AABHE Board Bios
M. Evelyn Fields, President
Dr. M. Evelyn Fields is a full tenured professor of Early Childhood Education at SC State University. Dr. Fields is the immediate past chair of the Department of Teacher Education, a former associate provost and past president of the Faculty Senate at SC State University.
She currently serves on the state board of the SC Association for the Education of Young Children and is owner of the Seafood Academy Restaurant and Bar of Columbia, in Columbia, SC. She holds a M.Ed. and Ph.D. in early childhood education from the University of South Carolina.
Kenneth Monteiro Ph.D, Immediate Past President
Kenneth Monteiro is the Dean of the College of the College of Ethnic Studies,
the only College of Ethnic Studies in the nation; former University Dean of
Human Relations; and, Professor and former chair of the Psychology Department
at San Francisco State University. Before teaching at San Francisco
State, he was on faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and
at Rutgers University at New Brunswick.
Dr. Monteiro received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Experimental
Psychology with a specialization in Cognitive Psychology, and his bachelor’s
degree (A.B.) in psychology from Dartmouth College.
Dr. Monteiro has published in a range of areas
including emotion and memory, culture and thought; ethnic and racial identity;
and academic and reading achievement for African American, Asian American and
Latino youth.His edited text, Ethnicity
and Psychology: African, Asian, Latino
and Native American Psychologies, has been used nationally to bridge Ethnic
Studies and Psychology courses addressing these communities. Among other local
and national boards, he has served two terms as a national board member for the
Association of Black Psychologists and he is a board member and President-elect
for the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE).
Dereck Rovaris, Sr., Vice president/President
Dr. Rovaris is the Vice Provost for Diversity at Louisiana State University. As
the chief diversity officer of the university he is responsible for developing
and implementing strategic initiatives that enhance institutional access and
equity. Previous positions include Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic
and Multicultural Affairs at LSU Health Sciences Center as well as Assistant
Dean of the Graduate School and Director of Graduate School Placement at
Dr. Rovaris has completed an ACE fellowship at DePaul University and the
Management Development Program at Harvard University. He has served as
an educational consultant, conducted workshops, and been a featured
speaker on the local, national, and international level. He also serves on a variety of educational and
non-profit boards, including the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE), where
he is a Charter Member and currently serving his second term on the board.
In addition to authoring several successful grant proposals, Dr. Rovaris has written a number of
articles on graduate school placement, and has written several chapters in publications regarding
Benjamin Mays. He also authored Mays and Morehouse, which tells the story of not only a
phenomenal man and a great college, but also the story of African Americans' quest for higher
Dr. Rovaris earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Illinois, an M.A.
in Guidance and Counseling from Xavier University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of
Kansas with a triple major in Psychology, Human Development & Family Life, and Crime &
Odelet Nance Vice President –
Dr. Odelet Nance is an Assistant Dean of Instruction at
Vincennes University. She serves as the dean for Early College Programs in
Northeast Fort Wayne, Indiana. For over two decades years she has worked as an
administrator, researcher, and instructor. Her research agenda and scholarly
publications examine the college experience for African American students, the
intersection of the church and the educational process for students of color. Dr.
Nance’s collegiate administration career provides a wealth of experience
developing and managing programs at distinguished higher education
institutions. In her roles at both the
University of Illinois at Chicago and at Goshen College, she strategically
designed, implemented, and evaluated recruitment and retention initiatives to
increase the graduation rate of students of color. She has taught for the Malcom
X College in Chicago, IL and Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana.
Nance serves on several boards and works with numerous community
organizations. Currently, she serves as the Vice President for the Indiana
Association for Blacks in Higher Education and co-chairs the Allen County
College Success Coalition. She is an advisor for the BookStart Project and a
consultant for the Greater Fort Wayne YMCA. For the past 8 years, she has been
a dedicated member of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education.
Since being elected to the board over 6 years ago, she has assisted faithfully
as co-chair for several AABHE conferences and has been a key board member on
the program committee.
Dr. Nance earned her B.S. from Indiana University and a M.S.
from Purdue University. In 2006, she received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and
Instruction from the University of Illinois Chicago, College of Education. Consulting
for colleges and churches, Dr. Odelet Nance is fulfilling her life’s calling is
to help others reach their goals and dreams.
Kimberly Smith, Secretary
Dr. Kimberly S. Smith joined Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as an administrator where she serves as the Director of the University Academic Advising Center. Dr. Smith’s primary responsibility in this position involves directing the University Studies department which is the academic "home” for students who are undecided about a major or want to explore a variety of degree programs before selecting a major. In this role Dr. Smith also provides leadership and coordination for university-wide programs and initiatives related to enhancing academic advising. She is responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring, and assessing academic advising activities throughout the university community through administrative collaborations with the academic colleges, theUniversity Academic Advising Center, and various other university stakeholders in support of undergraduate education. In 2010, she served as the university's interim associate vice provost for academic support services where she provided university leadership for institutional support programs and services for students.Dr. Smith earned her B.A. degree (1993) in Psychology from the University of Richmond, M.A. degree (1996) in Counselor Education from Radford University, and Ph.D. degree (2009) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Marilyn Sutton-Haywood, Treasurer
Marilyn Sutton-Haywood has thirty-six years of experience in higher education. Eleven and one-half years have been spent in executive management where her skills in leadership, administration, strategic planning, program review, assessment, reaffirmation, faculty credentialing, junior faculty recruitment and development, new faculty orientation, and Learning Communities were refined.
She has held administrative roles at Johnson C. Smith University, Bethune-Cookman University, Shaw University, and Pfeiffer University. She holds a B.S. from North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology from Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA, and a Certificate in Educational Management from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
During her time as Vice President for Academic Affairs, she was involved in three Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation processes. All three institutions received no recommendations from the accrediting agency. She has also led ATS, NCATE, CAATE, CAAHEP, and CSWE reaffirmations.
Marilyn has been associated with AABHE since 2010 when she volunteered on the Dissertation Committee. She was elected to the Board in 2013, reelected for a 2015-2017 term, and was a member of the Nomination and Program Committees.Dr. Sutton-Haywood presently serves as Dean of Arts and Sciences as Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina.
Anita Hawkins, Financial Secretary
Dr. Hawkins is a charter member of AABHE and was one of the doctoral
graduate awardees when AABHE was the Black Caucus of AAHE. Dr. Hawkins
was nominated and appointed to the AABHE board in March 2008. In her
early years on the board she served on both the Leadership and Mentoring
Institute (LMI) Committee and on the Program Committee. She is also an
alumnae of LMI (2011). In 2011, Dr. Hawkins was elected as Treasurer for
AABHE and currently serves in that capacity. In addition to AABHE, Dr.
Hawkins’ other professional associations include the American Public Health
Association (APHA) for which she chaired the Equal Health Opportunities
Committee (2008/2010), the American Evaluation Association and Academy Health.
Dr. Hawkins has thirty years of experience working with institutes of higher education holding
adjunct faculty positions with the University of Maryland, University College (UMUC) and Lincoln
University in Pennsylvania before accepting a full time faculty appointment with Morgan State
University in Baltimore, MD. Currently she is the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for the School
of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University and Director of the Public Health
Graduate Program an the Equity in Health Professions Education Initiative. Before assuming the
position as Assistant Dean, Dr. Hawkins was the Chair of the Department of Health Policy and
Management at Morgan State University. Dr. Hawkins received her B.S. in Psychology from
Georgetown University and a Masters of Human Services Degree from Lincoln University in PA and
her Ph.D. in Community Health Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Barbara J. Johnson, Leadeship & Mentoring Institute Director
Dr. Barbara J.
Johnson is currently Vice President for Accreditation Relations at the Higher
Learning Commission, the regional accreditor for colleges and
universities. Dr. Johnson has extensive
experience in higher education as both an administrator and faculty member.
Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, she served as a Senior Vice President
at Meharry Medical College and Professor and Chair of the Department of
Counseling, Adult and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University. Her
previous professional experience includes student affairs administration,
community college and adult education, marketing research and consultation in
both higher education and corporate environments at Wake Forest University
Medical School, Vanderbilt University, and CB&A Market Research Group. Dr.
Johnson has held faculty appointments at the University of New Orleans, Jackson
State University, Volunteer State Community College, and Peabody College
Vanderbilt University. Her publications address the recruitment, development,
retention and experiences of students and faculty in a variety of
received a B.S. in accounting from Winston-Salem State University, an M.B.A.
with a marketing focus from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Education
and Human Development (emphasis in Higher Education) from Vanderbilt
Joseph H. Silver, Sr., International Travel Coordinator
Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr. is the President of Silver and Associates, a full service higher education consulting firm. The firm has a fifteen year track record of assisting colleges and universities solve complex problems, accreditation issues, and developing sound strategic planning. Dr. Silver was an Advisor to the firm for many years and recently assumed the position of President. Dr. Joseph H. Silver Sr. served as President of Alabama State University. A dynamic and innovative educator and leader, Silver was described as having the "expertise, background and vigor to continue the University's important Vision 2020 Plan and its academic and physical transformation, well into the 21st century.” He previously served as Provost/VPAA at Clark Atlanta University and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Savannah State University and Asst. Vice Chancellor for AA for the University System of Georgia.
Over his career, he has developed the reputation of a transformational and innovative leader with great vision and principled ethics. He has sound strategic planning skills and is championed as a strong academic thinker who is well positioned throughout the academy and in the community. His work is recognized on the regional, national and international levels. In March 2012 Dr. Silver received the leadership award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education’s (AABHE) and, going forward, the award has been named the "Joseph H. Silver, Leadership and Mentoring Award" in his honor. A native of North Carolina, Silver earned the B.A. degree in political science (summa cum laude) from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C., and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). He also engaged in summer study at Oxford University, APS- Stanford University and the American Judicature Society. Silver is married with two children.
Roland Smith, Partnership Director
Roland Smith, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Rice University since 1996, teaches ethnographic research methods. Before Rice he served as executive assistant to the president and concurrent associate professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. He began his career in higher education leading TRIO programs in Notre Dame’s Institute for Urban Studies.
Smith, a member and Chair of the AAHE Black Caucus, served as transitional and charter president of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) after AAHE closed it doors in 2005. He was in the first cohort of Graduate Student Awardees in 1986 and has been a faculty member of the Leadership and Mentoring Institute (LMI) since it started in 2003. He served as board chair of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education, receiving its distinguished achievement award in 2013. In Texas, he is past board chair of the Education Foundation of Harris County and LifeGift Organ Donation Center. He has been a board member of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education, Houston Area Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, and a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is a member of the 100 Black Men of Houston.
Born in Washington, DC, Roland holds a BA degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Bowie State University, a MPA degree from Indiana University and an Ed.D degree from Harvard University. He is married to Valerie Peyton Smith, the proud father of daughter, Rovelle (deceased), son, Roland III and grandsons, Roland IV and Jaxon.
Dr. Fred A. Bonner II, Research & Graduate Programs
Dr. Fred A. Bonner II is Professor and Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership and Counseling and Director of the MACH-III Center in the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education at Prairie View A&M University Prior to joining Prairie View, he served as the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education at Rutgers University as well as previously serving as Professor of Higher Education Administration and Associate Dean of Faculties at Texas A&M University-College Station. He earned a B.A. in chemistry from the University of North Texas, an M.S. Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Baylor University, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration and college teaching from the University of Arkansas. Bonner has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Association for Higher Education (AABHE) Black Caucus Dissertation Award and the Educational Leadership, Counseling and Foundation's Dissertation of the Year Award from the University Of Arkansas College Of Education. His work has been featured nationally and internationally.
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Since 2006, Dr. Blake has been working in the field of higher education, teaching both at Rust College in the Political Science Department as well as Southern Arkansas University in the Masters of Public Administration Program. Dr. Linda Blake is an associate professor of public administration. Her achievements include Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher Award, Marquis Who’s Who in America, and National Endowment for the Humanities Institutes at Harvard, University of South Carolina, and Massachusetts College of Liberal and Performing Arts. Dr. Blake earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in agency counseling from Southern Arkansas University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Arkansas. She was the first graduate of the Ph.D. Program.
Blake attended the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Leadership and Mentoring Institute (LMI) in 2013. Her research focuses on cultural diversity, conflict resolution, and school reform and social justice policies. She is also an avid genealogist who traces her family back to the Combahee Ferry Raid in South Carolina involving Harriet Tubman and links her family to Governor Joseph Blake of South Carolina. Currently, she is working on a book about her family’s history in South Carolina.
Lonnie Booker, Jr.
Lonnie J. Booker, Jr. Ph.D, is originally from North East Texas, Texarkana, Texas. He attended Texas A&M University-College Station where he received his Ph.D. in Higher Education
Administration and a certification in Homeland Security from the Bush School of Public Policy. He holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University-Texarkana and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Jarvis Christian College. He has amassed over 13 years of law enforcement experience ranging from serving as a police officer and detective in narcotics, gang unit and property crimes, Special Weapons and Tactic (SWAT) hostage negotiator and adult probation officer. During Dr. Booker’s law enforcement career he was certified as a police office in the states of Texas and Arkansas.
Dr. Booker’s research and scholarly interests include campus safety and institution crisis management planning, generational students of color, and academically gifted student athletes of color. To put into practice his crisis management skill set, he completed a practicum at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was responsible for drafting and implementing crisis management plans for the Division for Student Success, which included: student affairs, student activities, enrollment management, counseling services and residential life. He also drafted and implemented an emergency plan and guide for the Dillard University residential life community. Dr. Booker is a published author and has presented at numerous national, regional and international conferences. Additionally, Dr. Booker served as the first assistant professor of homeland security and emergency management program at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Currently, Dr. Booker is the Director/Assistant Professor of emergency management programs for Kansas Wesleyan University.
John A. Gardner, II
John A. Gardner is the Deputy and Special Assistant to the President at the Desert Research Institute (DRI), Las Vegas, Nevada. The functions of the position are related to outreach and diversity and encompass the promotion of DRI diversity at state, national, and international levels.
Marilyn Sutton-Haywood has thirty-five years of experience in higher education. Thirteen years spent in executive management has allowed her to gain expertise in academic administration, strategic planning, program review, assessment, reaffirmation, faculty credentialing, faculty handbook, new faculty orientation, junior faculty recruitment and development, and learning communities.
She has held administrative roles at Johnson C. Smith University, Bethune-Cookman University, Shaw University, and Pfeiffer University. She holds a B.S. from North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology from Atlanta (Clark-Atlanta) University, Atlanta, GA, and a Certificate in Educational Management from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
During her time as Vice President, she was involved in three Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation processes. All three institutions received no recommendations from the accrediting agency. She has also led ATS, NCATE, CAATE, CAAHEP, and CSWE reaffirmations.
Dr. Sutton-Haywood presently serves as Dean of Arts and Sciences as Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina.
Odelet Nance is an Assistant Dean of Instruction at Vincennes University. She serves as the dean for East Allen University Early College High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She earned her B.S. from Indiana University and a M.S. from Purdue University. In addition, she received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois Chicago, College of Education.
Felecia M. Nave
Felecia M. Nave is the Associate Provost & Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Prairie View A&M Universityand is presently a member of the Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty.
Dr. Nave’s scholarship has been published and presented nationally and internationally.She has invested extensively in K-20 outreach and participates in various speaking engagements and demonstrations, encouraging K-20 students to pursue careers and graduate study in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields as well as to heighten their awareness of College and STEM in general. She is a graduate of Alcorn State University with a BS in Chemistry and a MS in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Her research interests include: Issues impacting the recruitment, retention, persistence and professional development of African-American and women students and faculty in STEM disciplines; Modification of surface chemistry to achieve selective separation using functionally specified membranes and thin films.
Pamela E. Queen
Dr. Pamela E. Queen is an associate professor of finance at the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management at Morgan State University (MSU). She holds a Ph.D. in finance from George Washington University, master degrees in management and computer science from Johns Hopkins University; and she is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with extensive managerial leadership experience in financial management, automation of financial systems, and implementation of governance "best practices” for government agencies and corporations. She is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma, International Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society.
Dr. Queen is a valued researcher, co-author, journal referee, and conference discussant who conducts interdisciplinary research which links finance, economics, and management theory to provide insights for business executives. Her research is published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Accounting and Finance, Journal of Applied Financial Research, and The Review of Black Political Economy.
Dr. Queen is a graduate of the 2014 Leadership and Mentoring Institute (LMI) sponsored by the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) and serves on the AABHE Board.
Dr. Jack Thomas is the 11th President of Western Illinois University. He is the former Provost and Academic Vice President of this institution of higher learning as well as a former American Council on Education Fellow, a Kellogg-NAFEO Fellow and a Harvard Leadership Program graduate.
James Wadley is an associate professor and Director of the Master of Human Services program at Lincoln University. Dr. Wadley has quickly emerged as one of the nation's best sexuality therapists and researchers with a focus on intimacy building in relationships, addiction, and values clarification. Dr. Wadley received his Doctorate of Philosophy degree from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Human Sexuality Education. Dr. Wadley maintains a private practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Pennington, New Jersey. He has been a member of AABHE for three years and serves on the Advisory Board.