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Dr. Muriel A. Howard

Former President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

About Muriel

Dr. Muriel A. Howard served as president of AASCU for 9 years. She was the first African-American to lead one of the six presidentially based higher education associations in Washington, D.C., and was also AASCU’s first female president.

Formerly the president of Buffalo State College, State University of New York from 1996 to 2009, Dr. Howard led a campus of more than 11,000 students, approximately 1,700 faculty and staff, and a financial operation of more than $214 million. Prior to joining Buffalo State, she was the vice president for public service and urban affairs at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, where she served in various leadership capacities over a 23-year period.

City University of New York, Richmond College – Bachelor
State University of New York at Buffalo – Master in Education, Ph.D. in Educational Organization, Administration and Policy
Harvard University – Certificate, Institute for Educational Management

Businesses and Philanthropic Organizations

Dr. Howard has been granted seven honorary degrees and multiple awards for her contribution to higher education, community service and commitment to diversity, in addition to the following:

  • Air University – Former Chair
  • American Academic Leadership Institute
  • TIAA Charitable Trust Advisory Board
  • PackBack Advisory Board
  • Delta Sigma Theta – Member
  • Links, Inc., Washington, D.C. Chapter – Member
Muriel Howard, Merchants board member