Aminta Breaux Makes History as Bowie State University’s First Female President

Bowie State University, the oldest Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the state of Maryland, has appointed Aminta Breaux, the first female President in the school’s 152-year history.  Breaux joined Bowie State University after an extensive search to fill the position that was previously held by Dr. Mickely L. Burnim for eleven years.

Breaux comes to the role after previously serving as Vice President of Advancement at Millersville University in Pennsylvania from 2008-2014. Her experience also includes her tenure as Dean of Students at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia from 2000-2008 and as assistant provost at Drexel University from 1998 to 2000. Previous to these experiences, Breaux served roles in student career services at both Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.

“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…”Aminta Breaux, President of Bowie State University

“I look forward to working with the campus and greater community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, employers, and friends—to ensure continued success for BSU.”

University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert L. Caret has expressed his approval and enthusiasm for Breaux’s new position lauding her by saying, “Bowie State University is positioned to achieve even greater excellence in the years ahead. Dr. Breaux has the leadership experience, ability, and commitment to make that a reality. Throughout her career, she has excelled in nurturing productive relationships both on and off campus, with the goal of enhancing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. We very much look forward to her joining the University System of Maryland community.”

She does also recognize the significance of her role as the first Black female president. In an interview with The Washington Post, Breaux says, “To be the first of anything means a lot. But for this institution…to be the first female president here is very, very special. ”

By serving in this position Dr. Aminta Breaux is opening up the possibilities and setting an inspiring example for countless other multicultural women who aspire to greatness in the professional world.  

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