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Kenneth Monteiro Ph.D, President

Dr. 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). He is currently President of AABHE.

Jacqueline "Dee" Gardner,  Immediate Past President

Dee Gardner serves as the Associate Vice President for Academic Support Services and Director for Anna Cherrie Epps, Ph.D. Center for Educational Development and Support (CEDS) at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She earned a M.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Indiana State University.
M. Evelyn Fields

M. Evelyn Fields, Vice President of Programming

Dr. Fields is a Tenured Full Professor of Early Childhood Education and the previous Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at South Carolina State University. She is the former Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and the past president of the South Carolina State University Faculty Senate. Dr. Fields is also a current member of the Board and the past president of the South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children. Additionally, Dr. Fields is the past president of the SC Conference of the American Association of University Professors and the past chair of the American Association of University Professors National Committee of Color.

She currently serves as Vice President of Programming and President Elect of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education. Dr. Fields was the Principal Investigation of the research project "The Effectiveness of Community Action Research and Professional Development Activities on the Roles and Partnership of Pre-Service and InService Teachers". Additionally, Dr. Fields is an entrepreneur. She is the Founder and CEO of Fields’ Educational Consultant Agency and she is the Owner and CEO of The Seafood Academy Restaurant and Bar in Columbia, SC. Dr. Fields has published and presented nationally and extensively in her niche area of culturally relevant teaching. She earned her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Fields is single and resides in Columbia, SC.

Jacqueline M. Mimms

Jacqueline M. Mimms, Adminstration

Dr. Jacqueline M. Mimms currently serves as the Associate Vice President for the Division of Enrollment Management at California State University Bakersfield. In this position, she oversees sixteen departments within the Division: Admissions and Records, University Outreach and New Student Orientation, Early Intervention Programs (EAP, Early Start, College Readiness, College Corps); Educational Opportunity Program/ Summer Bridge/Guardian Scholars; CSUB/BC Transfer Resource Center; California Migrant Program, Testing Center, Student Financial Aid & Scholarships, Educational Talent Search, Academic Advising and Retention Center, Career Beginnings, International Student Programs (incl. Study Abroad Program); Enrollment Technology Management Systems, CSUB Roadrunner Parent Association, and Veterans "Troops to College” Program. She has either chaired or served on numerous key campus committees such as the Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC) Steering Committee, Access to Success Graduation Rate Initiative, First-Year Experience Program, NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate Committee, etc.

She is also the Director of the California State University Summer Algebra Institutes initiative which is a partnership with African American churches in Southern, Central and Northern California to conduct Summer Algebra Institutes in regions of high need throughout the state. The primary objective is to help pre-9thgrade students from underrepresented communities meet or exceed grade level understanding of math concepts prior to entering high school.

Dr. Fred A. Bonner II, Research & Graduate ProgramsDr. 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.


Henrietta Williams Pichon, Secretary

Henrietta Williams Pichon, Secretary

Dr. Henrietta Williams Pichon is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Administration department at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM and an LMI Alum (2008). Dr. Pichon has worked in academia since 1994. She earned a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in secondary English education from Louisiana Tech University. She earned a Ph.D. in education administration (higher education) from the University of New Orleans. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education. Dr. Pichon has served her students, colleagues, and the profession well. She has served on doctoral committees and chaired several master’s level research papers. Also, she has served as a program reviewer and served on countless committees for several professional and research organizations, such as AABHE, AERA, ASHE, NASPA, and LACUSPA (faculty representative). Additionally, Dr. Pichon has had numerous presentations at state, regional, and national conferences as well as publications in books and peer-reviewed journals and proceedings. She has received funding for both research and service grants and often seeks out opportunities to work with community partners to provide access to education, especially postsecondary educational opportunities. She has been a member of AABHE since 2008 and has been the AABHE Secretary since 2012.


Anita Smith Hawkins, Treasurer

Anita Smith Hawkins is currently a Full Time Faculty member at Morgan State University's, School of Community Health and Policy where she teaches in the graduate public health program, chairs program's admissions committee, is the site Principal Investigator for the National Minority Male Health Consortium Project, and the Principal Investigator for the Health Disparities Service Learning Grant. Dr. Hawkins received her B.S. in Psychology from Georgetown University, a Masters of Human Services degree from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. in Community Health Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Denise Hayes, Financial Secretary

Dr. Denise Hayes, formerly President of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and has served as an administrator in Student Affairs for fifteen years. Currently, she is the Vice President of Student Affairs for the Claremont University Consortium which services The Claremont Colleges.

Her research interests include self-esteem, management, leadership, cultural competency and organizational change. Her publications can be found in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, the Leadership Exchange and the Journal of Counseling and Development. She has taught at Claremont Graduate University, Indiana University and Indiana State University.

Barbara J. Johnson, Leadeship & Mentoring Institute Director

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 post-secondary institutions.

Dr. Johnson 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 University. 

Joseph H. Silver, Sr., International Travel CoordinatorJoseph 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, PartnRoland Smith, Partnership Directorership 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.


Linda Blake - AABHELinda Blake 

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 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

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

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. NaveFelecia 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. QueenPamela 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.


Anthony Ross


Dereck RovarisDereck Rovaris

Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr., Ph.D. 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 Xavier University.

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.

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 authoredMays 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 education.

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 & Delinquency Studies.


Kimberly SmithKimberly Smith

In 1999, 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

Jack ThomasJack Thomas

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 WadleyJames Wadley

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.


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