Corey BradfordBradford Corey

Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, Prairie View A&M University

Corey Bradford is the senior vice president for Business Affairs at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) in Prairie View, Texas. He assumed the post in July 2011. He provides fiscal stewardship over hundreds of millions of dollars annually. He advises the University President and other senior officers on important financial matters such as resource allocation, tuition policies, salary administration, compliance issues and budget development. Prior to PVAMU, Bradford served as Assistant Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs and Ethics Officer at the Southern Illinois University System. Bradford earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s in applied math and statistics from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He received an educational certificate from the Harvard Institute for Management Development and earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Bradford is a former member of NACUBO’s Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions Council and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Greater Houston Chamber, PVAMF Foundation Board, and a financial evaluator for SACSCOC.

Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, PH.D.

Executive Vice Chancellor, Lone Star College

Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, Ph.D. is the Executive Vice Chancellor at Lone Star College in Texas. A learning-centered educator with more than twenty-five years of experience in leadership, instruction, training, development and consulting and has served in a variety of senior level positions in higher education, including executive director, dean, vice-president and president.

She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland-College Park, M.S. from The Johns Hopkins University, B.S. from Morgan State University and a certificate from Harvard University School of Education’s Competitively Selected Presidents Institute.

As Executive Vice Chancellor, she serves as the Accreditation Liaison, is directly responsible for functions related to both Academic and Student Affairs, and administers a broad range of operations supporting six college campuses, eight academic centers and two university centers serving 99,000 students annually. Dr. Harvey-Smith led an extensive internal review of institutional policies and practices resulting in improved compliance in Accreditation-Substantive Change, Financial Aid, and International Programs. Increased enrollment in LSC-Online by 14% and headcount by 5.5% since spring 2017 and expanded university partnerships to include access to onsite Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate degrees. Under Dr. Harvey-Smith’s leadership, Lone Star College’s first Council for Online Education and Strategic Enrollment Management were formed, resulting in $15,440,000 in additional revenue for spring 2018.

Prior to this role, Dr. Harvey-Smith was President and CEO of River Valley Community College in New Hampshire, with locations in Claremont, Keene and Lebanon. During her tenure, she made important capital improvements, opened a new academic center, expanded business and industry partnerships, instituted fundraising efforts and led the college’s first Development Campaign, while heightening the college’s visibility and support locally and nationally. She is credited with transforming the colleges’ culture through an infrastructure focused on Student Access, Student Success, Teaching and Learning and Sustainability, which led to expanded access, enrollment, specialized accreditations and the revitalization of its nursing program.

A passionate teacher and ethical leader, Dr. Harvey-Smith views leadership as a “calling”. She is active on local and national boards and was elected to the Board of Directors and appointed to the Executive Board for the American Association of Community Colleges, which advocates for more than 1,100 membership institutions. A noted speaker and author, she is cited in Redesigning America’s Community Colleges and publications include, The Seventh Learning College Principle: A Framework for Transformational Change; Partnering for Success: How to Build Strong Internal Collaborations in Higher Education and Eclectic Insights. Her latest manuscript CARE – Compassion, Appreciation, Respect and Empowerment: Essential Leadership Standards is scheduled for release later next year. Dr. Harvey-Smith is an active mentor and loves to inspire people to reach beyond what they imagine. She lives in The Woodlands, Texas with her husband of thirty-five years Major Donald Smith.

Johnathan M. Holifield

Executive Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Johnathan Holifield was appointed by President Trump on Oct. 2, 2017, as executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In this capacity, he oversees federal efforts, set forth in Executive Order 13779, to “advance America’s full human potential; foster more and better opportunities in higher education; [and] strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education.” As part of bolstering the nation’s HBCUs, the initiative provides equitable opportunities for participation in federal programs and monitors implementation of the executive order.

Holifield’s expertise includes economic and educational inclusion, public-private partnerships and community system-building. Prior to joining the Department, Holifield co-founded ScaleUp Partners in 2010. A consultancy committed to connecting underrepresented populations and disaffected communities with innovation development leaders and stakeholders, its purpose is to grow inclusive and competitive local economies.

Holifield authored The Future Economy and Inclusive Competitiveness: How Demographic Trends and Innovation Can Create Economic Prosperity for All Americans. His book, published in 2017, describes the dramatic economic impact that shifting demographic trends will have on America’s economic future, and the pitfalls and opportunities that could accompany the shifts.

He previously was founding vice president of inclusive competitiveness at NorTech (Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition), an organization dedicated to enhancing the region’s prosperity through science, technology and innovation. He authored the 2014 Ohio Department of Higher Education’s statewide report, Inclusive Competitiveness: Empowering Underrepresented Ohioans to Compete in the Innovation Economy, and he was a member of the Northeast Ohio Council of Regional Economic Policy Advisors. Additionally, he served in leadership positions at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, at CincyTech (a market-leading venture development organization), the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the Cleveland Urban League.

In Ohio, Holifield also led the formation of a market-leading regional innovation leadership organization, attracting support from Fortune 500 CEOs, university presidents and elected officials; raised over $40 million, which was leveraged to create networks of more than $250 million of early-stage risk capital and increased investment options for entrepreneurs; created Ohio’s first information technology public school, which became a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School; and secured a $5 million appropriation to implement Ohio’s first STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and entrepreneurship program. Additionally, he executed partnerships to host the nation’s first summit on “angel” investing (in which individuals inject capital for business startups in exchange for an ownership position), higher growth entrepreneurship, STEM education and policy making in urban communities, as well as the first national conference on urban and minority biomedical entrepreneurship.

Holifield earned his Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University, where he was also elected football team captain. He later played for the Cincinnati Bengals in the National Football League. He received his Juris Doctor and Master of Education from the University of Cincinnati, and a professional certificate from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.

Troy A. LeMaile-Stovall

Chief Operating Officer, University of the District of Columbia(UDC)

Troy A LeMaile-Stovall serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the University of the District of Columbia(UDC), where he has responsibilities for assessment, auxiliaries, capital construction, communications, emergency management, enrollment services, facilities management, government relations, information management, institutional effectiveness, institutional research, marketing, public safety (“safest campus in DC”), risk management, strategic planning, strategic sourcing, talent management, UDC TV and oversight of the Office of the CFO. He has been selected to be in the Leadership Greater Washington Signature Program Class of 2019.

He founded and serves as Managing Member of LeMaile Stovall LLC, a management consulting firm focused on strategy, operational performance and capital stack formation. Mr. LeMaile-Stovall also co-founded and serves as a Member of GTMS Partners, LLC, a minority-owned Houston-based provider of piping solutions and concrete.

He has served as Interim President for Zenith Education Group, a $400M+, 56-campus career education system. He was a Principal with Butler Snow Advisory Services, serving higher education clients. He has worked at senior levels in higher education as EVP/COO at Howard University and Sr. VP/CFO at Jackson State University, where he was awarded the Thurgood Marshall HBCU CFO of the Year.

Troy co-founded and served as the first President/CEO of Gulf South Capital, Ambassador John N. Palmer’s (Skytel founder) multi-million-dollar family investment office, served global technology and telecommunications clients as a Sr. Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co., and held positions at Southwestern Bell Telephone (now AT&T),Bell Labs and Rockwell International.

Troy has led the capital stack formation (debt and equity), developed and closed on deal terms and/or served as the primary consultant for transactions totaling over $7B. He is a frequent speaker on topics including venture capital, motivation, economic development, and higher education administration. He has authored or contributed to documents on wireless data, entrepreneurship, venture capital, economic development, activity-based costing, diversity and inclusion, and higher education.

Troy has served and is serving on a number of for-profit and non-profit boards including Parkway Properties (NYSE:PKY), Archipelago Learning (NASDAQ:ARCL), Internet America (NASDAQ:GEEK), School Status, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), SMU School of Engineering, SMU Dept of Electrical Engineering, DC Chamber of Commerce, DC Housing Enterprises and his church Landover, MD-based Zion Church, led by Sr. Pastor Keith Battle. He has served as Head or Assistant Coach on several youth teams including an award-winning robotics team and is currently a USA Swimming-certified Stroke & Turn and Chief Judge official. Raised in Houston, TX, Troy holds a BS Electrical Engineering degree cum laude from Southern Methodist University (SMU, minor in mathematics), a MS Computer Science degree from Stanford University (Bell Labs One Year on Campus Fellow) and an MBA from Harvard University (1st year honors). A triathlete, Troy is married to the former Sonya L Wiggins, a marathon runner, and they are parents to two honor roll, championship-level cross-country runners and competitive swimmers, Zora Lauren and Langston Anthony.

Cynthia Teniente-Matson


President, Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA)

Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson is the second president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA), one of the fastest- growing universities in Texas and the only Texas A&M System university located in a major metropolitan city. Since becoming president in 2015, Dr. Teniente-Matson has forged an audacious strategic plan for the University to fulfill its mission and bring to life its core values while achieving several important goals, including becoming a national model for student and academic success.

Among her many accomplishments at A&M-SA, Dr. Teniente-Matson led the successful transformation to becoming a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and a comprehensive four-year university, welcoming the University’s first freshman class in 2016. She also led several new strategic initiatives, including the creation of the Mays Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement through private funding in addition to securing the Chancellor’s Research funding for the Institute of Water Resource Science and Technology fulfilling vital components of A&M-SA’s newly revised Master and Academic Plans. Under her leadership, the University has strategically positioned itself to implement deliberate practices designed to improve and enhance student learning and degree attainment, especially for first-generation students. These include new academic programming such as Jaguar Tracks and High-Impact Practices (HIP) integrated into the curricula for all students.

Diversity, inclusion and equity are at the forefront of her leadership philosophies. In 2017, she orchestrated the President’s Commission on Equity (PCOE), which is charged with building a culture of excellence that values equity and inclusion on campus. Through Dr. Teniente-Matson’s copius efforts, A&M-SA is providing equitable opportunity and support for all its members.

Dr. Teniente-Matson has more than 25 years of experience in higher education with a track record of achievement that supports campus growth, including faculty and student success, economic development, financial stewardship and broad-based entrepreneurial leadership. Prior to her appointment at A&M-SA, she worked as Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of California State University Fresno.

Dr. Teniente-Matson has been recognized for her leadership and service in the field of education, including receiving the Making a Mark on the World Innovation Award from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber and the Women’s Leadership Award from the San Antonio Business Journal. She is also a sought-after speaker and mentor on contemporary issues in higher education leadership.

A San Antonio native, Dr. Teniente-Matson is deeply committed to giving back to the community that has given so much to her. She currently serves as President of the San Antonio Tricentennial Commission, and she is on the boards of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Chamber of Commerce. She is also a national thought leader on higher education issues, serving on the board of directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and on the board for Higher Education Resource Services (HERS).

An advocate of continuing education, Dr. Teniente-Matson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fresno State. Dr. Teniente-Matson is a wife and mother to her husband Mike, and her two children, Phillip and Wyatt.

Lucille H. Maugé

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Clark Atlanta University

Lucille H. Maugé has been a member of Clark Atlanta University’s Executive Cabinet for 12 years and is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  She previously served as the University’s Vice President for Finance and Business Services, as well as its Chief Compliance Officer.  She is a retired financial services executive with a background in international and domestic banking, insurance and capital markets. Her areas of expertise include: Personal Trust Administration & Operations; Risk Management; Facilities Accounting/Management; Securities and Commodity Trading Accounting; Merger Consolidation; Large-Scale Project Leadership; Organizational Re-engineering and Process Improvement.

Juan Sanchez Muñoz

President, University of Houston-Downtown

Dr. Juan Sanchez Muñoz was appointed as the president of the University of Houston-Downtown on Feb. 23, 2017. During his first year at UHD, Dr. Muñoz kicked off a major capital campaign; led the institution’s recovery efforts during Hurricane Harvey; and presided over six commencement ceremonies with nearly 3,000 graduates. Other major accomplishments during his inaugural year on campus were awards and accolades from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Prior to arriving at UHD, Dr. Muñoz previously served as Texas Tech University’s (TTU) vice provost for undergraduate education and student affairs, and senior vice president for institutional diversity, equity and community engagement. He arrived at Texas Tech University in 2004 as an associate professor in the College of Education. He served as a special assistant to the president and later joined the institution’s provost’s office.

Muñoz’s academic research interests include educational access, equity and the advancement of public school students. Before joining Texas Tech, Muñoz was an assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton in the Department of Secondary Education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Arts in Mexican-American Studies with an emphasis in literature from California State University, Los Angeles. Muñoz was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied curriculum and instruction in the Division of Urban Schooling.

Prior to his career in higher education, Muñoz was a secondary school teacher and also served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Muñoz is married to Dr. Zenaida Aguirre-Muñoz, and the couple has three sons, Joaquin Diego Muñoz, Cruz Santos Muñoz and Juan Amado Muñoz.

Joseph E. Williams

Principal, Phillis Wheatley High School

Mr. Joseph E. Williams, Sr. currently serves as the proud principal of Phillis Wheatley High School.  Prior to this assignment, he also served as principal of Francis Scott Key Middle School, Anna. B. Kelso Elementary, Matthew W. Dogan Elementary, and assistant principal at Vera Escamilla Intermediate in the Aldine Independent School District.  He began his career in HISD 23 years ago where he taught 5th grade at Atherton Elementary under the leadership of Dr. Albert Lemons. Through his tenure in education he has worked as a fellow at Harvard University and has also partnered with the National Center for Urban School Transformation, Building Excellent Schools (BES), and Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Texas Southern University, obtained his teacher’s certification from St. Thomas University, and holds a Masters of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston.