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Faison selected for Millennium Leadership Initiative Institute

August 18, 2017

Contact: Michael Tullier, APR
Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

A. Zachary Faison

A. Zachary Faison, Tuskegee University’s general counsel and vice president for external affairs, is among this year’s Class of 2017 protégés for the Millennium Leadership Initiative Institute. The institute is co-sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

Participants in this national leadership development program are nominated by a current university president or chancellor. Selection is highly competitive and MLI protégés are selected based upon their demonstrated leadership experience relevant to their potential to advance to the post of president or chancellor in a higher education setting.

MLI prepares prospective higher education leaders to be competitive in their future pursuits of advanced leadership positions at public or private colleges and universities. It also helps these current and aspiring professionals who traditionally are underrepresented at these leadership levels develop skills, gain a philosophical overview and build the network needed to advance significantly in their careers.

Following his attendance at the MLI’s on-site program in June, Faison and his fellow MLI protégés are participating in a year-long fellowship, which features a mentoring component that directly pairs protégés with a currently sitting university president or chancellor. Protégés also complete a “college value” project that helps address the reputational issues regarding the value of higher education.

“The opportunity to participate and engage with such an accomplished cadre of senior higher education leaders from throughout the country is truly a new hallmark in my higher education career,” Faison said. “During my continued participation in the program, I look forward with great anticipation to cultivating new professional relationships and enhancing my leadership acumen and capacity for Tuskegee’s benefit.” 

MLI was established 18 years ago by AASCU’s African-American presidents to ensure that the next generation of leaders in higher education reflects the diversity of our nation. The program identifies African-American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islanders in senior-level positions who are interested in career advancement and helps them achieve that goal.

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