Emerging Higher Ed Professionals Award



The Emerging Higher Ed Professionals Award recognizes a generation of higher education professionals who has at least three years of executive leadership experience, demonstrated leadership, and a drive to grow professionally. The individuals must serve a role at a historically black college and university (HBCU) or Minority-Serving Institution (MSI).

This recognition honors professionals who are inspiring others by demonstrating a commitment to the value, mission, and vision of the student affairs space, prioritizing a steadfast commitment to student success through their work, and positively impacting, engaging, and supporting their divisions and the campus community.  

As the initiative program progresses, the Emerging Higher Ed Professional Award recipients will be asked to participate in year-long professional development activities, including mentoring, continuing education opportunities, leadership skills development, and networking with other senior leaders.


2021 emerging higher ed professionals award recipients

Susan Powell, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Jackson State University

Michael C. Taylor

Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Success

Southern University and A&M College

Jocelyn biggs

Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management 

Clinton College


Ro’shaun bailey, ph.d.

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life

Mississippi Valley State University

sandy yates

Senior Director, Advancement Operations and Donor Relations

Morehouse College

Jason cable, ph.d

Senior Associate Commissioner for Administration

Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)

Kimberly taylor-benns, ed.d.

Associate Provost for Enrollment Management

Lincoln University, PA

Gourjoine wade, Ed.d.

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Grambling State University

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