Millersville official to head Maryland college

The vice president for advancement at Millersville University is about to become the new president at Maryland’s Bowie State University.


Aminta Hawkins Breaux, who has served in her role at Millersville for nearly three years, has been appointed by the University System of Maryland’s regents to begin July 1 as Bowie State’s new president.

Breaux brings more than 35 years of leadership experience, including in the areas of advancement and student affairs, USM Board Chair James Brady said in announcing her selection.

“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,” he said in a news release.

Breaux said that “as a product of public education, I feel a special obligation to help ensure bright and successful futures for students attending our public universities.” 

She also said she will seek to ensure that Bowie State graduates “have a quality educational experience and continue to have a positive impact locally, regionally, and globally.”

Since 2014, Breaux has guided Millersville in the areas of development, external relations and alumni engagement. Under her leadership, the university’s endowment has grown from approximately $30 million to $40 million.

From 2008-2014, Breaux served as Millersville’s vice president for student affairs, overseeing the areas of financial aid, counseling services, intercollegiate athletics, housing and residential programs, as well as MU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Among other accomplishments, she guided a $150 million residence hall replacement project and a $35 million redesign of the university’s Student Union.

Prior to joining Millersville, Breaux was dean of students at Philadelphia’s University of the Sciences from 2000 to 2008 and assistant provost of Drexel University, also in Philadelphia, from 1998 to 2000. Earlier in her career, she held positions in student career services at Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania.

Breaux also is active in the community, and currently is a member of the Lancaster City Alliance, SCORE-Lancaster/Lebanon and the Mission and Community Benefit Committee of Lancaster General Health.

At Bowie State, she will succeed Mickey Burnim, the school’s president for nearly 11 years. Burnim plans to retire June 30, capping a 40-year career in higher education.

Bowie State has an enrollment of more than 5,600 undergraduate and graduate students.

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