Like my immediate predecessor, Dr. M. Evelyn Fields, I am indebted to those who also have served as president of AABHE, Dr. Roland Smith, Dr. Sheila Baldwin, Dr. Barbara Lofton, Ms. Jacqueline Gardner, and Dr. Kenneth Monteiro.  We also owe gratitude to the many people who have served as board and committee members over the years.  This organization is made up of a diverse collection of private and public universities; four-year and two-year institutions; HBCUs, HSIs, and PWIs; and colleges and universities from across the country.  Additionally, our members come from a wide variety of roles in higher education including administrators, faculty, staff, graduate students, and even college presidents.  This is indeed a rare collection of talent.  AABHE has room for more talent just like you. 

In addition to our outstanding annual conference (Indianapolis in 2019 and Charleston in 2020), we have a number of other services and opportunities that we provide for you and your colleagues.  These include our national presentation and publication opportunities; a career center with career advice and higher education job postings; a bi-annual international study tour (Ethiopia and Dubai in Summer 2020); our professional development program, the Leadership Mentoring Institute; an annual college fair; webinars; advocacy; and more.  

So, as you can see, AABHE has you covered.  We welcome you to our organization and will work hard to make sure that you find what you need.  This is truly an organization that is “for us and by us”, and by “us” we mean everyone.  Because at the end of the day, while we are nurturing and assisting higher education professionals, we must never lose sight of the fact…that ultimately, it’s all about the STUDENTS!

“It’s all about the students”,

Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr
Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr.
President, AABHE



On behalf of the leadership of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE), we take this opportunity to welcome you to our amazing organization.  As the premier organization to drive leadership development, access and vital issues concerning Blacks in higher education, AABHE also facilitates and provides opportunities for collaborating and networking among individuals, institutions, groups and agencies in higher education in the United States and Internationally.  As such, we seek to be your go-to organization.  If you or your institution have not already done so, please come join us!