10 WNBA Players Who Attended Minority Serving Institutions

We are at the height of March Madness and wrapping up another wonderful Women’s History Month.  To round out some of the great MSI moments we’ve had this month, we are highlighting the women who ball.  This Monday Morning MSI Line Up lists 10 players of the WNBA who graduated from MSIs.

courtney clements1.) Courtney Clements (Chicago Sky, Guard, #0) – San Diego State University

 

sancho lyttle2.) Sancho Lyttle (Atlanta Dream, Forward, #20) – University of Houston

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles Sparks Media Day3.) Ebony Hoffman (Connecticut Sun, Forward, #16) – University of Southern California

 

 

 

marissa coleman4.) Marissa Coleman (Indiana Fever, Guard/Forward #25) – University of Maryland, College Park

 

 

 

 

 

Seattle Storm v Los Angeles Sparks5.) Natasha Lacy (New York Liberty, Guard, #4) – University of Texas El Paso (UTEP)

 

 

tiana hawkins6.) Tiana Hawkins (Washington Mystics, Forward, #21) – University of Maryland College Park

 

 

 

 

 

nadireth mckenith7.) Nadirah McKenith (Minnesota Lynx, Guard, #3) – St. Johns University

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eshaya murphy8.) Eshaya Murphy (Phoenix Mercury, Guard, #14) – University of Southern California

 

 

 

 

becky hammon9.) Becky Hammon (San Antonio Stars, Guard, #25) – Colorado State University

 

 

 

Kristi toliver10.) Kristi Toliver (L.A. Sparks, Guard, #20) – University of Maryland College Park

Where Are They Now? : The HBCU Edition

HBCU Queens have long been a part of the HBCU tradition. Possessing poise, scholarship, and leadership these young women represent their institutions with distinction. For this week’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up we catch up with 10 former HBCU queens and see where they landed after their reigns ended.

A.J.-Johnson1.) A.J. Johnson – Miss Maroon & White (Morehouse College) 1984-1985

Adrienne-Joi Johnson, sometimes credited as A.J. Johnson, is an American actress, choreographer and fitness coach. Acting since 1988, Johnson has made many guest appearances on sitcoms, television dramas and music videos; she also has numerous supporting roles in films, including House Party and Baby Boy. In addition to being an actress and dancer, Johnson is also a wellness coach to celebrities and was the host of the VH1 reality fitness competition From Flab to Fab and has made numerous fitness/healthy living television and magazine appearances. Johnson has been the spokesperson for American Cancer Society (having lost her mother to cancer at age 17), weight loss products and has made appearances for Procter & Gamble, GSK Pharmaceuticals and Wal Mart. Johnson graduated with honors in 1985 from Spelman College, the all-female college in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a past Miss Maroon & White and the first Miss Collegiate Black America.

anisah reed2.) Anisah Rasheed – Miss North Carolina A &T 2005-2006

Anisah Rasheed served as Miss North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University 2005-2006. She received her BS in Marketing from NC A&T in 2007 and an MBA from the University of Maryland in 2011. Anisah is the co-founder of Queen to Queen, Inc. The mission of Queen to Queen is to create opportunities for personal and professional development, and social networking among current and former queens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Anisah is no stranger to business/organization management and working with youth. At the age of nine she became an entrepreneur by starting a very lucrative clown entertainment business. In 1999, she was named “Kidpreneur of the Year” by Black Enterprise magazine. She has received several awards and honors and has been featured in Black Enterprise, Working Woman, Essence magazine and Essence Book, “50 of the Most Inspiring African Americans.”Anisah Rasheed was the first Muslim selected as campus queen by the 11,000-student school.

Kimberly brown3.) Dr. Kimberly Brown – Miss Florida A&M University 2005-2006

Kimberly Brown is an assistant professor of history at Alabama State University. Researching 20th century African American women and the politics of beauty, she earned a doctoral degree in U. S. history at Howard University. She has worked in Washington D.C. as a Goldman Sachs Multicultural Fellow at the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of American History and as an interpretive specialist for the National Park Service. She earned a B.S. in Public Relations and a Master’s of Applied Social Science in history from Florida A&M University. Brown has received numerous honors, including being inducted into Phi Alpha Theta National History Society. Her award-winning publication, “In the Eye of the Beholder: Definitions of Beauty in Popular Black Magazines 1940-1975,” appears in the 2014 Palgrave-Macmillan release, Soul Thieves: White America’s Appropriation of African American Culture. She is a former Miss Black Alabama and current advisor to the Miss Black USA pageant organization

Imani Bazzell4.) Imani Karen Bazell – Miss Fisk University 1980-81

As the Director of Root Causes, Imani Bazzell has worked as a community educator and organizer in the areas of racial justice, gender justice, healthcare access, educational reform, and leadership development over 30 years. She is the founder and director of SisterNet, a network of African American women committed to the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual health of Black women. Her racial justice and multicultural education workshop series have been widely used by K-12 and early childhood educators, as well as parent and church groups. Internationally, Imani has consulted with non-governmental organizations to improve strategic planning, communication, and constituency development in their democracy-building efforts. Currently she produces and hosts ACCESS Live, the public engagement radio show of the ACCESS Initiative dedicated to ending stigma and increasing community awareness and engagement with mental health providers and multiple systems that indicate racial disproportionality and disparity with negative outcomes for African American youth and their families; including public education, child welfare, health and criminal justice. Imani is a graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, TN and has lived in Champaign-Urbana for 24 years.

Charlotte holloman5.) Charlotte Wesley Holloman – Miss Howard Homecoming 1940-1941

Charlotte Wesley Holloman was born on March 24, 1922 in Georgetown, Washington D.C. Holloman was awarded two titles while in college; Homecoming Queen and Miss Collegiate America. She graduated cum laude from Howard University with a Bachelor of Music. In November of 1950, she appeared in her first Broadway role at the Broadhurst Theater in the Langston Hughes-Jan Meyerowitz musical drama The Barrier which was based on Mulatto. She has also worked closely with Noble Sissle, Eubie Blake, and Flournoy Miller in their revival of the musical comedy Shuffle Along in May of 1952. She appeared in Charles Friedman’s musical play My Darlin’ Aida at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City from October of 1952 through January of 1953. The lyric soprano had her first official voice debut at her Town Hall recital in New York City on February 25, 1954, which received favorable reviews from the New York Times. In October of 1955, she landed a television appearance as a singer in Harry Belafonte’s vocal chorus. She once worked in Harlem singing background vocals for James Brown. Holloman was the featured soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, and at The Berkshire Music Festival. She was a cast member in the road company of Carmen Jones and currently resides in Washington, D.C. and is the Coordinator of Vocal Area and a Lecturer of voice in the Department of Music at Howard University. Holloman maintains a full private voice studio from her home. Her teaching career has spanned over twenty-five years and remains a gifted pianist and has produced outstanding students.

alicia reece6.) Alicia Reece – Miss Grambling State University 1992-1993

On March 6, 2010, Alicia Reece was appointed as the Ohio General Assembly to represent Cincinnati’s 33rd House District, affectionately known as the “Fighting 33rd.” State Representative Reece was elected to the seat in November 2010 and serves on the Finance & Appropriations Committee, is the Ranking Democratic member on the Transportation sub-committee of Finance, and is a member of both the Small Business & Economic Development and Local Government Committees. As a businesswoman, was selected as one of the Cincinnati Business Courier newspaper’s “Forty Under 40″Business Leaders in 2000. Reece was the founder of the National Student Leadership Convention, Stop The Violence Conference, and co-founded the Communiplex African American Business, Consumer, & Get Out the Vote Week. She has been a consultant for the Urban League of Cincinnati and WCIN radio where she produced the number one daily African American live radio talk show. Reece has also produced and co-hosted her own live radio show called “On the Real Side”. She has also served as Vice Mayor of Cincinnatti.

cynthia w. rosenberry7.) Cynthia Wilcox Rosenberry –  Miss Wilberforce University 1985

Cynthia W. Roseberry currently serves as Project Manager for Clemency Project 2014. Clemency Project 2014 is a partnership among the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Civil Liberties Union, the American Bar Association, Families Against Mandatory Minimums and the Federal Community and Public Defenders created in response to Deputy Attorney General James Cole’s request to the legal profession to provide pro bono assistance for clemency to federal prisoners who would likely receive a shorter sentence if they were sentenced today.  Prior to joining Clemency Project 2014, Cynthia served as Executive Director of the Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia, Inc. For more than ten years she practiced federal and state criminal defense in Georgia, then Cynthia founded the Misdemeanor Clinic, and taught Advanced Criminal Procedure and co-taught in the Death Penalty Clinic at DePaul University College of Law in Illinois. Cynthia earned her B.S. from Wilberforce University in Wilberforce Ohio and her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. Cynthia is a founding board member of the Georgia Innocence Project and a past president of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

sabrina richardson8.) Sabrina Richardson – Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore 2003-2004

Attorney Sabrina C. Richardson is the principal of The Law Office of Sabrina C. Richardson. She is a passionate litigator, motivated by her desire to help people solve their legal problems. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. Richardson focuses her practice on criminal & traffic defense, immigration law, personal injury, and wills, trusts & estate planning.

Desiree williams9.) Desiree Williams – Miss Hampton University 2010-2011

Desiree Williams earned her undergraduate degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Hampton in 2011, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Hampton University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She served as Miss Hampton University 2010-2011. Her other pageantry wins include Miss National Sweetheart, Miss Peninsula, Miss Arlington, and Miss Virginia Beach. Williams was only the fourth African-American to serve as Miss Virginia, which she served from 2013-2014. Desiree is also the co-author of the book, Love Affair with My Hair: Why Black Women Cheat on Health.

Scharita Lacey10.) Scharita Barry Lacey – Miss Central State University 2002-2003

Scharita Lacey is the Founder, Visionary, and CEO of Scharita Lacey Empowerment (S.L.E.) Scharita is a sought after motivational speaker, life coach, minister/evangelist, and mentor to many. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Marketing & Management) from the Central State University and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She holds Ministerial Credentials with Pneuma Life Network of Churches and several Professional & Leadership Certifications. Scharita is a member of Greater Grace Temple Church in Springfield, Ohio where she serves as an Associate Minister. Scharita also serves in the “Heart of God” Women’s Ministry at her church as one of the Government of Twelve – G12 Leaders on the Women’s Board and as a Life Group Leader to the women.

10 Women Athlete Graduates from Minority Serving Institutions

It is about time for March Madness to begin and collegiate sports fans everywhere will be rooting for their favorite teams, their alma maters, or their favorite underdog. In the spirit of sports and keeping in line with Women’s History Month we are highlighting notable women athletes who graduated from MSIs.

Misty May Treanor1.) Misty May Treanor – California State University, Long Beach
Misty May Treanor is a retired American professional beach volleyball player. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and as of August 2012 the most successful female beach volleyball player with 112 individual championship wins in domestic and international competition. Misty May Treanor and teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings were the gold medalists in beach volleyball at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics. Together, May Treanor and Walsh Jennings are considered the greatest beach volleyball team of all time. May Treanor retired from competitive play on August 8, 2012 after she and Walsh Jennings finished first in the 2012 Summer Olympic games; they defeated the United States team of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in the gold medal match.
wilma rudolph2.) Wilma Rudolph – Tennessee State University
Born premature on June 23, 1940, in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee, Wilma Rudolph was a sickly child who had to wear a brace on her left leg. She overcame her disabilities through physical therapy and hard work, and went on to become a gifted runner. Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympics in 1960, at the Summer Games in Rome, and later worked as a teacher and track coach. She passed away in Tennessee in 1994.
althea gibson3.) Althea Gibson – Florida A&M University
Trailblazing athlete Althea Gibson became the first great African American player in women’s tennis. Raised primarily in Harlem section of New York City, she won a string of American Tennis Association titles on the African American circuit. After being allowed entry to the major tournaments, she became the first black player to win Wimbledon and the French and U.S. Open titles. Gibson turned professional in 1959, and made more history by becoming the first African-American competitor on the women’s pro golf tour in the 1960s. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971, and later served as Commissioner of Athletics for the state of New Jersey.
Cheryl Miller4.) Cheryl Miller – University of Southern California
Cheryl Miller is currently the women’s basketball coach at Langston University and a former college basketball player and sportscaster for TNT. She is currently a sideline reporter for NBA games on TNT Sports and also works for NBA TV as a reporter and analyst having worked previously as a sportscaster for ABC Sports, TBS Sports and ESPN. She was also head coach and General Manager of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. In 1995, Miller was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1999, she was inducted into the inaugural class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Knoxville, Tennessee. On August 20, 2010, Miller was also inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame for her success in international play.
vicki-manala-draves5.) Victoria Manolo Draves – City College of San Francisco
Victoria Manolo Draves was an Olympic diver who won gold medals for the United States in both platform and springboard diving in the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. Draves became the first woman to be awarded gold medals for both the ten-meter platform and the three-meter springboard. Additionally, Draves was the first American woman to win two gold medals in diving. She was born in San Francisco. Prior to competing in the 1948 Olympics, Draves won five U.S. diving championships. Draves turned professional after the Olympics, joining Larry Crosby’s “Rhapsody in Swimtime” aquatic show at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1948. She went on to appear in other shows and toured the U.S. and Europe with Buster Crabbe’s “Aqua Parade.” She was elected to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1969.

Flo Hyman6.) Flora “Flo” Hyman – University of Houston
Flora Jean Hyman was born in Inglewood, California, to George W. Hyman, a railroad janitor and supervisor, and Warrene Hyman, the owner of the Pink Kitty Café. In 1974, University of Houston volleyball coach Ruth N. Nelson awarded Hyman the first athletic scholarship ever awarded to a woman at the college; Hyman characteristically refused to accept the full amount of the award so that some of her teammates might also benefit. In 1977, after being acclaimed the nation’s top collegiate player and one of the world’s outstanding players, Hyman decided to forego her senior year to practice and play full-time for the U.S. national team in preparation for the 1980 Olympics. Buoyed by corporate sponsorship and the patriotic fervor that accompanied the 1984 Olympics in her hometown of Los Angeles, Hyman led the U.S. women to unprecedented public acclaim and a silver medal. She was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1988 and named by USA Volleyball as the MVP for the years 1978 – 2002. She was also the first woman admitted to the University of Houston’s Hall of Honor in 1998.

Janet Evans7.) Janet Evans – University of Southern California
Janet Evans is likely the greatest female long-distance swimmer of all time. She first came to prominence at the 1986 Goodwill Games, and she entered the 1988 Olympics as the world record holder in the 400 meters, 800 meters, and 1,500 meters. She did not disappoint, improving her own world record in winning the 400 meters in addition to taking gold medals in the 800 meters and the 400 meters individual medley. On her second Olympic appearance in 1992 she successfully defended her 800 meters title but suffered her first defeat in the 400 meters since 1986 when she placed second. Her greatest years were from 1987-89, when she set two world records over 400 meters, two at 800 meters, and two at 1,500 meters. Between 1986 and 1995 she won 25 of 27 major international races over 400 meters and 22 of 23 over 800 meters. Evans’s world records for the 800, and 1,500 meters freestyle events were not bettered for 20 years, and her 400 meters world record was only broken in 2006.

alice coachman8.) Alice Coachman – Albany State University
Born in Albany, Georgia, on November 9, 1923, Alice Coachman made history at the 1948 Olympics in London when she leapt to a record-breaking height of 5 feet, 6 and 1/8 inches in the high jump finals to become the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal. She went on to support young athletes and older, retired Olympic veterans through the Alice Coachman Track and Field Foundation.
willye white9.) Willye White – Chicago State University
Willye White first competed in the Olympic Games in 1956 at Melbourne when she was only a 16-year-old high school sophomore. Despite her youth, she won a silver medal in the long jump behind Poland’s Elżbieta Krzesińska. She also competed in the long jump at the 1960, 1964, 1968, and 1972 Olympics, where she made the finals each time. White’s 19-11¾ long jump, which won her 1956 silver medal, was a US national record. She eventually set seven USA records in the long jump, her last being 21-6 (6.55) in 1964, a mark which stood until 1972. In her career, she won 13 national indoor and outdoor titles, and competed on 34 international teams, including the 1959, 1963, 1967, and 1971 Pan American teams for the United States. There she won gold in 1963 and bronze in 1959 and 1967 long jump. At the 1963 Pan American Games she also won gold with the 4×100 meters team.
Dominique Dawes10.) Dominique Dawes – University of Maryland College Park
Born on November 20, 1976, in Silver Spring, Maryland, Dominique Dawes began taking gymnastics lessons at age 6. She participated in the Olympic Games as part of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team in 1992, 1996 and 2000, winning a team medal each time. In 1996, Dawes’s team won Olympic gold and Dawes won an individual bronze medal—becoming the first African American to win an individual Olympic medal in women’s gymnastics. She retired from gymnastics after the 2000 Games.

11 Women SGA Presidents at HBCUs

HBCUs are often touted for the great leaders they produce. One opportunity for students to showcase leadership ability is in the office of Student Government Association (SGA) President. Keeping in step with March as Women’s History Month, we feature 11 amazing young women who are leading the student governments on their HBCU campuses during this academic year (2014-2015). If you know a female HBCU SGA president (past or present), tag her or mention her name in the comments below. Let’s celebrate these student leaders!

Shameka Kelly1. Shameka Kelly, Lincoln University, Mo. 

Kelly is a senior applied mathematics and computer science major from Dallas. She has worked on research looking at why underrepresented minority students are not interested in STEM in comparison to White students. Her dream job is to work for the Department of Education or become a U.S. senator for the state of Missouri. Her favorite book is “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg.

Cydni Brown2. Cydni Brown, Central State University 

A junior majoring in accounting, Brown hails from Cincinnati. She was named Ms. College of Business 2014-2015. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honors Society (Kappa Tau Chapter), Chi Alpha Epsilon (Alpha Upsilon Chapter) and Toastmasters Inc.

Diva Whalen3. Diva Whalen, Tougaloo College

Whalen, a senior biology major, is from Clinton, Miss. Along with her presidency in the Tougaloo SGA, she is a member of Beta Beta Beta National Honors Biological Society, Sigma Xi National Research Society, and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

milan-mobley4. Milan Mobley, Bowie State University

Mobley is a senior communications major, with a concentration in public relations, and she hails from Washington, D.C. She also has served as vice president of Bowie State’s National Council of Negro Women, the Student Alumni Association public relations coordinator, and vice president of communication of the Sport Management Club. Mobley was named Bowie State’s Women of the Year for the 2013-2014 academic year.

dylen johnson5. Dylen Johnson, Southern University at New Orleans

A senior social work major, Johnson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Phi Alpha Honor Society. Additionally, she has been recognized as a Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholar.

breana smith6. Breana Smith, Kentucky State University

A graduating senior from Indianapolis, Smith will be obtaining her B.A. in liberal arts. She has been a member of KSU’s SGA since 2012 and has served as a KSU Student Ambassador since 2012. During her tenure at KSU, she has served as Miss Chandler Hall, Sophomore Class secretary, and Executive Board secretary of SGA. Smith is also a Whitney Young honor student and Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholar. Aside from serving as SGA president, Smith serves her student body as a peer tutor in the Academic Center for Excellence. She plans to pursue a Masters in Public Administration from KSU.

Mary Pickard7. Mary Pickard, Spelman College

Pickard is a political science major, with a Spanish minor. She maintains a 3.9 major GPA while participating in several student organizations including: Morehouse Business Association, Residence Hall Association, SKIRTS (Sisters Keeping It Real Through Service), Phi Alpha Delta, Pre Law Fraternity, as a Goldman Sachs|Spelman Leader, and a recently inducted member of the National Society for Leadership and Success.

Alayna Stovall8. Alayna Stovall, Savannah State University

Stovall is a senior political science major with a concentration in pre-law and international politics. She is a member of the National Council of Negro Women and has worked with The Collegiate 100 chapter of 100 Black Men of Savannah and the University Ombudsmen’s office. Stovall also was a Black Executive Exchange Program Ambassador.

Chantelle O'Kelly9. Chantelle O’Kelly, Allen University

O’Kelly is a business administration major with a concentration in banking and finance. She is passionate about exploring the financial services industry, and her goal is to obtain a position as a financial consultant or analyst. She is currently a finance intern at KRJ Consulting. O’Kelly believes in giving back and has been an assistant constructor with Habitat for Humanity and a beautification leader at Allen University. She is the president of the National Association of Black Accountants chapter on her campus and a member of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society.

Olivia Sedwick10. Olivia N. Sedwick, Winston-Salem State University

A graduating senior at WSSU, Sedwick is a Chancellor’s Scholar, and she hails from Indianapolis. She is majoring in political science with a minor in economics. She is vice president of the Sophomore Class and serves as president pro tempore and speaker of the WSSU Student Senate. She also is a member of the Student Honors Organization and Black Women for Change. A walk-on for the Women’s Track and Field team, she is a 2013 CIAA Indoor Women’s Track and Field All-Conference competitor and holds the university record in the women’s shot put.

alexis anderson11. Alexis Anderson, Bennett College for Women

A Philadelphia native, Anderson is a biology major, with a chemistry minor. She is one of eight recipients of the Educational Testing Service Presidential Scholarship for HBCUs. Anderson has served as a peer tutor and a resident assistant. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the Honors Program, and the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society. She also is a GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Women in Science Scholar.

10 MSIs with Female Presidents

The month of March is designated Women’s History Month, and to kick off our celebration of great, history-making women, today’s Monday Morning MSI Lineup spotlights 10 women presidents at MSIs. Take a look at our list of awesome examples of women leaders, scholars and trailblazers.
President Mangum1. Elmira Mangum, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU)

Dr. Mangum made history as the first woman in FAMU’s 126-year legacy to be installed as a permanent president. For more than 28 years, she has served as an executive at nationally recognized institutions of higher learning, including as senior associate provost at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; vice provost at the University of Buffalo; and operations specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mangum also has held faculty appointments at Cornell’s Johnson School of Management, the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government and the UB Graduate School of Education.

Gwendolyn-Boyd2. Gwendolyn Boyd, Alabama State University (ASU)

Dr. Boyd made history as the first woman to hold the position of president in ASU’s 146-year history. Alabama-born, she earned her bachelor’s degree from ASU in 1977 in mathematics. In 1979, she became the first black woman to graduate from Yale University with a degree in engineering. She also has a bachelor’s degree in math from Alabama State, as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate in divinity from Howard University in Washington, D.C. President Boyd also served as the 22nd National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

renu khator3. Renu Khator, University of Houston

Dr. Khator is the first foreign-born president of the university, and the second woman to hold the position. Khator is also the first Indian American to lead a major research university in the United States. Khator officially took her position on Jan. 15, 2008, and became the third person to hold a dual position of University of Houston System chancellor and University of Houston president.

Karen Gould4. Karen L. Gould, CUNY Brooklyn College

Dr. Gould is the ninth president of Brooklyn College. Appointed in June 2009 by the City University of New York Board of Trustees, Gould is the first woman to serve as president of the college. She is an internationally known scholar in the field of French-Canadian literature. Under President Gould’s leadership, the college has significantly increased student retention and graduation rates, doubled income from fundraising, and expanded international education and internship opportunities for students.

Dianne Harrison - Copy5. Dianne F. Harrison, California State University-Northridge

Dr. Harrison is the fifth president of California State University – Northridge and began her appointment in June 2012. Before her appointment, she served as president of Cal State – Monterey Bay, a position she had held since 2006. Known for her commitment to students, academic excellence and comprehensive development, President Harrison has a reputation for building strong partnerships with public and private organizations, enabling students, faculty and staff to cross institutional boundaries and engage in innovative instruction.

Beverly Tatum6. Beverly Daniel Tatum, Spelman College

A 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award, Dr. Tatum has served as president of Spelman College since 2002. Her tenure as president has been marked by a period of great innovation and growth. Under her leadership, Spelman College raised $157.8 million in its comprehensive fundraising campaign, the largest amount raised in the institution’s history. For more than 20 years, Dr. Tatum taught her signature course on the psychology of racism and is popularly known for her book, “Why Are All of the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race.” She has also toured extensively, leading workshops on racial identity development and its impact in the classroom.

Sharon Hahs7. Sharon Hahs, Northeastern Illinois University

Dr. Hahs, who has served as president of Northeastern Illinois University since 2007, is deeply committed to ensuring that students are well-prepared for leadership and service in a global society. She has led an extensive strategic planning initiative that resulted in new degree programs and professional accreditations, and improved graduation rates, graduating the highest number of students in Northeastern’s history.

Laura Vermillion8. Laurel Vermillion, Sitting Bull College

Dr. Vermillion, a recognized member of the Hunkpapa-Lakota peoples of the Standing Rock Reservation, serves as president of Sitting Bull College. She is an active board member for numerous non-profit and community service groups, including Bear Soldier Horizons, the Standing Rock Education Consortium, Standing Rock Education Leaders, the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges, Recruiting American Indian Nurses program, Quality Education for Minorities, American Indian College Fund, and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

Maggie George9. Maggie George, Dine College

Dr. George has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Kansas, a master’s in Guidance and Counseling and a bachelor’s in Elementary Education from New Mexico Highlands University. She has served in leadership capacities at a variety of tribal and mainstream educational institutions. She grew up and attended boarding school and public schools on the Navajo Reservation before launching a career as an educator, teacher educator, and administrator in tribal colleges and higher education.

Pat mcguire10. Patricia McGuire, Trinity Washington University

Dr. McGuire is credited with the transformation of Trinity. Under her leadership, the university has nearly doubled its enrollment, expanded academic programs, completed its first successful capital campaign, became a university in 2004, and built the $20-million Trinity Center for Women and Girls in Sports, a state-of-the-art athletic center. She has focused on meeting the educational needs of the Washington, D.C., community, and today Trinity educates more D.C. public school graduates than any other private university in the city and in the nation. She also established an academic program at Town Hall, Education, Arts and Recreation Campus in southeast D.C.