On July 1, Aminta Hawkins Breaux will make history as the first female president of Bowie State University, ranked as one of the top 25 historically black colleges and universities by the 2014 U.S. News & World Report.
Appointed by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, Breaux will replace Mickey L. Burnim who has served as president for nearly 11 years and has worked in higher education for four decades.
“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.”
Breaux is currently vice president for advancement at Millersville University, where she increased the Pennsylvania school’s endowment from $30 million to $40 million.
“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.”
In addition to her work as vice president, Breaux also served as Millersville’s vice president for student affairs and oversaw financial aid, counseling services, intercollegiate athletics, housing and residential programs, as well as the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.
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 from 1998 to 2000.
In preparation for his departure, Burnim shared his vision for the university and wishes for the upcoming president.
“I have expressed to Dr. Breaux that she is becoming president of one of the finest public comprehensive universities in America,” Burnim said. “Bowie State University is poised for further growth and progress. There are many people and organizations that want to see that progress and are willing to work with her to achieve it.”
“Over the years of my tenure at Bowie State University, many of our accomplishments have strengthened the viability of the institution for the long term,” he said. “Two initiatives that I very much hope will continue after my departure [include] the Education Innovation Initiative (EI2), which has great promise for creating a pipeline of students entering the STEM disciplines and complete funding for the university’s first endowed chair. This chair will be an important tool for attracting new, outstanding faculty members and retaining our faculty stars who others might try to lure away.”
Founded in 1865, Bowie State University serves more than 5,600 undergraduate and graduate students and offering over 41 bachelor and master degree programs, two doctoral programs and 14 graduate and advanced study certificates. Areas of focus at the school include computer science, information technology, nursing, natural sciences and education.