AAC&U-Cengage Inclusion Scholarship
The AAC&U-Cengage Inclusion Scholarship is awarded to currently serving campus presidents in recognition of their outstanding leadership to advance liberal education. In acknowledgment of AAC&U and Cengage’s shared commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Inclusion Scholarship recognizes presidential leaders from under-represented groups whose efforts have reduced equity gaps, improved inclusion and belonging for minoritized students, and/or promoted diversity in hiring practices. In recognition of their accomplishments as inclusive leaders in higher education, recipients will receive a one-year, complimentary AAC&U campus membership and a one-year complimentary membership to AAC&U’s Presidents’ Trust.
2021 Scholarship Recipients
Sandra L. Boham
Salish Kootenai College
Sandra L. Boham is president of Salish Kootenai College, a private tribal land-grant community college in Pablo, Montana. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation. In 2020, the American Indian College Fund named Sandra Boham as its Tribal College and University Honoree of the Year for her outstanding contributions to American Indian higher education.
Roslyn Clark Artis
Columbia, South Carolina
Roslyn Clark Artis is the fourteenth, and first female, president of Benedict College in Columbia, South Caroline. Previously, she led Florida Memorial University as its thirteenth, and first female, president. She was named President of the Year by Higher Ed Dive for her leadership in navigating the unprecedented challenges of 2020, Educator of the Year by the 100 Black Men of America, and Female President of the Year by HBCU Digest.
Karrie G. Dixon
Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Karrie G. Dixon was named 12th Chief Executive Officer and 7th Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) on Dec. 14, 2018. Prior to this appointment, she served as interim chancellor since April 9, 2018. She is a transformational leader in the University of North Carolina (UNC) System, a public, multicampus university encompassing 16 constituent higher education institutions. For more than 20 years, she has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to improving the lives of others through higher education.
Harry E. Dumay
College of Our Lady of Elms
Harry E. Dumay is the eleventh president of the College of Our Lady of the Elms. He has served in higher education finance and administration at senior and executive levels for nineteen years. From 2012 to 2017, Dumay was senior vice president for finance and chief financial officer at Saint Anselm College. He previously served as chief financial officer and associate dean of Harvard University’s Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (2006–2012), as associate dean of Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work (2002–2006), and as finance director of Boston University’s School of Engineering (1998–2002). He also served for nine years as an adjunct faculty member at Boston College.
Alicia B. Harvey-Smith
Pittsburgh Technical College
Alicia B. Harvey-Smith is president and CEO of Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. A scholar-practitioner, she is committed to leadership excellence, institutional performance, and student success. Prior to joining PTC, Harvey-Smith served as executive vice chancellor at Lone Star College in Texas. This followed a term as president and CEO of River Valley Community College in New Hampshire. During her tenure as president of River Valley Community College, Harvey-Smith expanded partnerships with businesses and industry, achieved significant success in fundraising, and led the college’s first-ever development campaign.
Walter M. Kimbrough
New Orleans, Louisiana
Walter M. Kimbrough is the seventh president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Previously, at the age of thirty-seven, he was named the twelfth president of Philander Smith College. Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and on African American men in college. His active use of social media to engage students has been noted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, CASE Currents, and Arkansas Life. He was cited in 2010 by Bachelors Degree.com as one of twenty-five college presidents to follow on Twitter (@HipHopPrez).
Roxbury Community College
Valerie R. Roberson has been a community college administrator for over thirty-five years. She has served as president; as vice president of academic affairs and of institutional advancement; as dean and director of various programs; and as a faculty member, researcher, and advisor. Currently, she is president of Roxbury Community College, where she led the transformation of the college through $72M in construction projects, restaffing of the college leadership team, stabilization of college finances, realignment of academic programs to ensure student transfer and employment, and compliance of all operations with external agency standards.
Ronald S. Rochon
University of Southern Indiana
Ronald S. Rochon began serving as the University of Southern Indiana’s fourth president in July 2018, after eight years serving USI as provost. His academic and professional career has focused on advocating for educational excellence, access, equity and equality. He has taught classes on the history of American Education, culturally relevant and responsive teaching practices within pre-K through grade 12 schools, and organizational leadership within higher education settings. His body of work has centered on the needs of diverse learners within underserved schools and communities as well as their integral contributions to the larger society.
Holyoke Community College
Christina Royal has been involved in education for over twenty years, and currently serves as president of Holyoke Community College, the oldest two-year college in Massachusetts. Growing up as a first-generation, low-income, multi-racial college student, she understands some of the challenges today’s students face and the importance of having an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive. Royal was recognized by BusinessWest as a Woman of Impact in 2020, and she is the recipient of the 2012 United States Distance Learning Association International Award for Outstanding Leadership by an Individual.
Greenfield Community College
Yves Salomon-Fernández is a passionate, entrepreneurial, and future-focused college president who has led three different institutions in suburban and rural settings in Massachusetts and New Jersey. She is currently president of Greenfield Community College in rural western Massachusetts. In addition to leading open-access colleges, Salomon-Fernández has served in various roles at selective private, public, and urban research universities.
Ivy R. Taylor
Holly Springs, Mississippi
Ivy R. Taylor is the twelfth, and first female, president of Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. A native of Queens, New York, she spent twenty years in San Antonio, Texas, as an affordable housing advocate, educator, and elected official before beginning her current role as president of Rust College. Taylor served as mayor of San Antonio, Texas, for three years and as a member of the San Antonio City Council for five years.
Dwaun J. Warmack
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Dwaun J. Warmack is the ninth president of Claflin University. He has more than twenty years of progressive administrative experience in higher education at six institutions. Warmack provides a brand of leadership that is characterized by an unqualified insistence on data-driven decision-making and a commitment to higher education’s current best practices. He is a visionary with a unique understanding and appreciation for today’s Generation Z students.
David Yarlott, Jr.
Little Big Horn College
Crow Agency, Montana
David Yarlott, Jr., is president of Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Montana. He received the 2016 American Indian College Fund Tribal College Honoree of the Year award for his contributions to education that have made a positive and lasting impact on the tribal college movement. Yarlott is committed to academic integration and to the holistic development of students.