Ethnic Studies dean to lead African American education association

Kenneth Monteiro, dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, has been elected president of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE). A national organization of African American leaders in education, the AABHE develops initiatives that encourage a strong pipeline of Black students, faculty and staff in higher education. In addition, the organization provides training for those aspiring to leadership positions and supports scholarship on educational leadership and policy.

Monteiro will serve a two-year volunteer term as president, effective April 2015 through April 2017.

"I am humbled to be asked to lead an organization committed to developing new African American leadership in higher education and empowering these leaders to help transform higher education into a more fully accessible enterprise," Monteiro said.

As president of the organization, Monteiro said, one of his major goals is to develop new strategic partnerships. He plans to explore partnerships with the Department of Education, state educational organizations and national leadership associations representing other ethnicities.

"Dean Monteiro is a leader on issues of equity and inclusion in higher education at SF State, within the entire California State University system and on a national level," said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue Rosser. "We congratulate him on undertaking this new role and continuing his important work of making higher education universally relevant and representative."

-- Beth Tagawa