Nevada State College announced its Vice President of College and Community Engagement Edith Fernández, Ph.D. has been accepted into the Millennium Leadership Initiative, an American Association of State Colleges and Universities program that provides traditionally underrepresented individuals working in higher ranks of education an opportunity to enhance and broaden their skill sets for future presidency positions.
Currently overseeing multiple Nevada State College resources as well as community engagement and diversity initiatives, Fernández is one of 30 protégés who will participate in a yearlong mentorship and professional coaching with experienced presidents and chancellors of higher education institutions. In addition, participants will attend two webinars a month between July and November 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“I am extremely honored to be accepted into the Millennium Leadership Initiative where I will be able to collaborate and deepen my knowledge alongside other phenomenal higher education leaders across the country,” said Fernández. “At the end of the program, I hope to provide our Nevada State community with fresh and valuable ideas that will continue to drive our campus forward.”
A principal investigator for research projects focused on intercultural competence, intercultural learning skills, and civic engagement on a global scale, Fernández obtained her doctorate in higher education from the University of Michigan after obtaining her Master of Education, Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University.
The Millennium Leadership Initiative has graduated 632 participants in the past 20 years and of those participants, 131 of them have become first-time presidents and chancellors.