“Each day, I will be part of this team, striving to have a positive impact on the campus and our community. And I will work tirelessly to advance the mission of Bowie State University and to ensure that our students have every opportunity to succeed.”
- Dr. Breaux in her introductory address to the BSU community, May 9, 2017
Dr. Aminta H. Breaux has served as the visionary 10th president of Bowie State University since July 2017, bringing more than 30 years of diverse higher education leadership experience to the position. As president, she is committed to ensuring that every student at Bowie State University develops an entrepreneurial mindset to achieve success in the rapidly changing workplace and communities. Dr. Breaux initiated a university-wide focus to infuse entrepreneurship education across the disciplines and has led the effort to build an Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community, slated to begin construction in early 2020. She is dedicated to building on the legacy and rich history of Maryland’s oldest historically black university with a strategic focus on ensuring the long-term viability of the institution.
Dr. Breaux is a leading voice in 21st century education, and because of her extensive knowledge and expertise, she has been tapped to serve in multiple leadership roles. She was appointed to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland. She is vice chair for the Board of Directors for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).
Dr. Breaux is committed to serving her community, particularly with programs and support activities that enrich the lives of children and youth. She is a member of the board of directors for the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable, Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce and the University of Maryland Capital Region Health. Previously, she was on the board of directors for Leadership Lancaster, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, SCORE of Lancaster-Lebanon, the Lancaster City Alliance, the American Cities Foundation, Philadelphia Academies, and Dancing Classrooms Philly. She also served on the resource board for the United Way and on the mission and community benefit committee of Lancaster General Health. She is an emeritus trustee of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after serving there for 16 years.
Her recent honors include the Educator of the Year Award from the National Council of Negro Women. She also received the Trailblazer Award from the Bowie Business Innovation Center (BIC), the business accelerator located at Bowie State, in conjunction with Capital One, and the Capital City Chapter Links Inc. Leadership Award.
Throughout her career, Dr. Breaux has demonstrated a passion for ensuring student development and success. Prior to joining Bowie State, Dr. Breaux served as vice president for advancement for Millersville University, where she oversaw fundraising, alumni engagement, event management, and external relations. Before that, she was vice president for student affairs at Millersville University, leading several student-centered areas, including athletics, counseling services, health services, the women’s and wellness center, Greek life, campus recreation, university police, student programs, housing and residential programs, judicial affairs, and financial aid.
Previously, she was dean of students at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, known as the country’s first college of pharmacy. At Drexel University, she served as assistant provost, overseeing experiential learning and service-learning programs, and as director of co-operative education and career services. She got her start in higher education as a career counselor at the University of Pennsylvania.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University, a master’s degree in psychological services in education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Temple University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Executive Management and the American Association for State Colleges and Universities Millennium Leadership Institute.
Dr. Breaux and her husband, Melvin – a former partner of Drinker Biddle & Reath – have three daughters and three grandchildren.