Aminta Breaux Named President of Bowie State University
Appointee is VP for Advancement at Millersville University
Adelphi, MD (April
27, 2017) -- The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents has
appointed Aminta Hawkins Breaux as president of Bowie State University (BSU),
one of the USM's 12 institutions. Breaux has served as the vice president for
advancement at Millersville University in Pennsylvania for nearly three years.
She will join BSU as president on July 1, 2017.
"The Board of Regents is very pleased that Dr. Breaux has
accepted the appointment as Bowie State's next president," said USM Board Chair
James T. Brady. "She brings more than 35 years of a wide range of leadership
experience, including in the areas of advancement and student affairs. Her
higher education experiences also include academic affairs, strategic planning,
enrollment management, capital planning, and budget management. She will serve
the university, the USM, and the state well."
Since 2014, Breaux has served as vice president for
advancement at Millersville University, a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education. Her areas of responsibility include development,
external relations, and alumni engagement. Under her leadership, the
university's endowment has grown from approximately $30 million to $40 million.
From 2008-2014, Breaux served as Millersville's vice
president for student affairs. Among the areas she oversaw were financial aid,
counseling services, intercollegiate athletics, housing and residential programs,
and the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Her many accomplishments
included providing leadership for a $150 million residence hall replacement
project and for the $35 million redesign of the Student Union.
Prior to joining Millersville, Breaux was dean of students
at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia from 2000 to 2008 and
assistant provost of Drexel University in Philadelphia from 1998 to 2000.
Earlier in her career, she held positions in student career services at Drexel
and the University of Pennsylvania.
"Bowie State University is positioned to achieve even
greater excellence in the years ahead," said USM Chancellor Robert L. Caret.
"Dr. Breaux has the leadership experience, ability, and commitment to make that
a reality. Throughout her career, she has excelled in nurturing productive
relationships both on and off campus, with the goal of enhancing opportunities
for students, faculty, and staff. We very much look forward to her joining the
University System of Maryland community."
"I am deeply honored and delighted to be selected as the
next president of Bowie State University and to have the opportunity to build
on its rich history and legacy," said Breaux. "I look forward to working with
the campus and greater community-students, faculty, staff, alumni, employers,
and friends-to ensure continued success for BSU.
"As a product of public education, I feel a special
obligation to help ensure bright and successful futures for students attending
our public universities. In collaboration with BSU's outstanding faculty and
staff, a strong community of learners, community and government leaders, and
through business partnerships, I will strive to ensure that BSU graduates have
a quality educational experience and continue to have a positive impact
locally, regionally, and globally."
Active in the greater community, Breaux has served on many
boards. She is currently a member of the Lancaster (PA) City Alliance,
SCORE-Lancaster/Lebanon, and the Mission and Community Benefit Committee of
Lancaster General Health. Earlier governance experiences include service on the
boards of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Insurance
Companies, the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia Academies, and Leadership
Breaux earned her doctoral degree in counseling psychology
from Temple University, master's degree in psychological services in education
from the University of Pennsylvania, and bachelor's degree in psychology from
Breaux will succeed Mickey L. Burnim, who has been BSU's president
for nearly 11 years. In September 2016, Burnim announced his plans to retire on
June 30, 2017, capping a 40-year career in higher education.
The appointment of Breaux follows nearly a half-year of work
by the search and screening committee appointed by Chancellor Caret in November
2016. Linda Gooden, a member of the USM Board of Regents and chair of the
board's Committee on Organization and Compensation, chaired the search
committee, which included representatives from BSU's faculty, staff, student
body, alumni, Foundation Board, and Board of Visitors. The committee
recommended finalists for consideration by Chancellor Caret and the Board of
Regents. The board made the final appointment.
Bowie State University, with an enrollment of more than 5,600
undergraduate and graduate students, prides itself on providing real-world
learning opportunities and challenging academic programs. It is located between
Annapolis and Washington, DC. BSU offers 41 bachelor's and master's degree
programs, two doctoral programs, and 14 graduate and advanced study
certificates. Areas of focus include computer science, information technology,
nursing, natural sciences, and education. To learn more about the university,
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