AGB Institute For Leadership & Governance In Higher Education Welcomes New Cohort



Washington, D.C., April 16, 2022 – The AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance in Higher Education has announced the selected participants for the class of 2022. The six-month program is designed for individuals who aspire to presidencies at four-year public research universities and regional comprehensive institutions. Twenty-five participants from institutions around the country will begin their experience with an in-person symposium in Washington, D.C. in September.

Founded by higher education executive search firm AGB Search to prepare participants for the rigors of institutional leadership, the Institute is presented by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) and Miami University. Now entering its fourth year, the program is designed to bolster the pipeline of qualified and diverse presidential candidates and has already seen ten of its graduates achieve appointments to college or university presidencies.

“Those who are preparing to serve in leadership roles are faced with unprecedented challenges on a global scale,” said Dr. Nancy Zimpher, co-founder and director of the institute. “Our aim has always been to ensure these up-and-coming leaders are ready to immediately step into their roles and guide their universities with confidence.”

The participants of the Class of 2022 (Cohort 4) are:

Dr. Erik Ankerberg

Provost, Senior Vice President for Academics, Chief Academic Officer

Concordia University Chicago

Dr. Shantay Bolton

Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration, Chief Administrative Officer

Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Kevin Braswell

Vice President for University Advancement

Tennessee Technological University

Dr. Santarvis Brown

University of Virginia

Ms. Kerry Calnan

Vice President of Innovation & External Affairs

Nichols College

Dr. Meria Carstarphen

Senior Scientist

Dr. Elizabeth Chilton

Provost and Executive Vice President

Washington State University

Dr. Bernard J. Costello

Dean of the School of Dental Medicine; Thomas W. Braun Endowed Professor

University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Allison Davis-White Eyes

Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Fielding Graduate University

Dr. Donald Easton-Brooks

Dean of the College of Education & Human Development

University of Nevada, Reno

Dr. Joffery Gaymon

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Auburn University

Dr. Rochelle Gilbert

Dean of University Relations, Office of the President

Walden University

Dr. Michael R. Graham

Vice President of Operations & Technology

National Louis University

Dr. Dimitria Harding

Dean of Health Sciences, Dean of Career & Technical Education

South Central College

Dr. Corey A. King

Vice Chancellor for University Inclusivity & Student Affairs

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Mr. Manish Kumar

Vice President for Finance & Administration

Northeastern Illinois University

Dr. Marc Nivet

Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Mr. Antonius Pegues

Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration

Southern University Shreveport

Dr. Shirley Rainey-Brown

Dean of the School of Humanities & Behavioral Sciences

Fisk University

Mr. Magesh Rajan

Vice President for Research & Innovation

Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Shannon Rooney

Vice President for Enrollment Management & Strategic Communications
Community College of Philadelphia

Dr. Sammy Spann

Interim Senior Associate Vice President, Dean of Students

University of Toledo

Dr. Eileen Strempel

Dean of the Herb Alpert School of Music; Professor, School of Education & Information Studies

University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue Vakalahi

Dean of the College of Health & Society; Professor

Hawai’i Pacific University

Ms. Dannelle Walker Whiteseide

Vice President for Legal Affairs & Organizational Strategy

Austin Peay State University


Cohort members’ bios and photos can be found here.


The AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance is composed of two symposia, four monthly webinars, attendance at the AGB National Conference on Trusteeship and a shadowing experience with a sitting president. The institute features more than 30 higher education expert presenters including current and former presidents, trustees, search consultants and other sector professionals.


Research shows that the average tenure of college presidents in their current positions was six-and-a-half years in 2016, down from about seven years in 2011 and an average of eight-and-a-half years in 2006. The data suggest that a larger pool of qualified leaders is needed to meet the demands of the higher education sector. The presidency itself is also transforming, with more emphasis placed on technology, fundraising and the changing student demographic.


To learn more about the institute, visit


This website uses cookies to ensure site visitors get the best experience on our website. By continuing to use this site, you accept our use of cookies and Privacy Statement. To find out more, please visit Southern University's Privacy Statement.

I agree