Published June 25, 2020
Brian Corpening, associate vice president for inclusive excellence and chief diversity officer, has been selected as one of the 31 participants in this year’s cohort for the Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI).
MLI is a leadership program developed by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to provide traditionally underrepresented individuals in high leadership positions within postsecondary institutions the opportunity to gain the skills needed to become presidents and chancellors.
“It is important that leadership within higher education represent our institutions’ diverse student body,” said Mary Evans Sias, director of the program and assistant to AASCU’s president. “I am proud to welcome our stellar 2020 MLI Class.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is virtual this year with only one in-person conference in January. In addition, participants — also called protégés — receive a one-year mentorship from an experienced president or chancellor and a four-month mentorship from one who is retired.
This mentorship has been invaluable, as out of the program’s 632 graduates, 131 have become first-time presidents or chancellors. Corpening looks forward to the opportunity to participate in the MLI and the leadership and networking opportunities it will provide.
“I see the opportunity to participate in the Millennium Leadership Institute as a means to broaden my understanding of executive leadership as I continue to progress in my career,” Corpening said. “This will help in my role of supporting CSUMB as it continues to move forward implementing our strategic plan, especially our Priority focused on inclusive excellence.”