Lorenzo Esters

Vice President, Office of Advancement and Member Engagement, AAC&U



Lorenzo Esters has over 15 years of experience in higher education administration, higher education philanthropy and nonprofit leadership experience.  He currently serves as Vice President for Advancement and Member Engagement with AAC&U.

Prior to joining AAC&U, Lorenzo served as Executive Director for Higher Education Partnerships with ETS where he led the Skills for a New Economy Initiative, an initiative that focuses on  helping individuals demonstrate mastery of skills that are valued by the global marketplace.

Prior to joining ETS, he served as Vice President for Philanthropy with Strada Education Network (formerly USA Funds) where he managed funding to higher education institutions and other organizations to support student success and career preparation.

Prior to joining Strada, Esters was vice president for student success and enrollment management at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY where he managed a team of 85 and made significant improvements in enrollment growth, student success and student services.

Esters previously served as vice president for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Office of Access and the Advancement of Public Black Universities. He also served as senior adviser to the president of Dillard University in New Orleans and as a management and program analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education.

He is a summa cum laude graduate of Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss; holds a master’s degree from Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.; and received a doctoral degree in higher education administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.