Welcome to the LMI Blog Spot.  These blogs are another tool within LMI to help African Americans prepare for senior administrative and faculty positions, by sharing narratives, relevant issues related to leadership and higher education, accomplishment stories, and skills needed for success.   New blogs are added on a regular basis.

If you are interested in submitting a blog or have a great idea for a blog topic, please email

Disclaimer: AABHE LMI provides an outlet for LMI faculty and alumni to share ideas and concepts about leadership and mentoring. Blogs are individual ideas and views of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of AABHE LMI.

Happy Reading!

Branding Deliberately

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Obtaining Access through Accountability Networking and affiliation both were essential components of my Historically Black College & University (HBCU) experience, and to this day I still reap the benefits of connections established during my HBCU days. I learned very early in my educational journey how important it was to set my best foot forward when […]

To Interim or Not to Interim?

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This year while at the AABHE Leadership and Mentoring Institute (LMI) held at Texas Southern University (Houston, TX), the question was asked: “Should I take on an administrative role in an interim capacity?” There may come a time in your professional career that you will be asked to consider taking on an administrative role in […]

Pathways to Success: Words of Advice

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When discussing success, the advice that we share often comes from motives of care and compassion. Most of us want individuals to excel in their worthy pursuits and in life. We want to point others toward a hopeful, fulfilling and rewarding future. I would like to share with you the same words of advice that […]

Mentoring Matters

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Mentoring matters.  Leadership matters.  Opportunities for professionals in higher education to receive both mentoring and leadership certainly matters.  As I reflect on the role that the Leadership and Mentoring Institute (LMI) has had on my career, I have come to realize that the “I” or the individual has limits.  This realization has developed in part […]

Blurred Lines: An Invitation to Discuss Boundary Formation and Management for Teachers

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In spring, 2013, Robin Thicke, Pharell, and TI released the chart topping song, “Blurred Lines” which discusses the courtship intentions for a woman who is currently in a romantic relationship with another man.  The premise of the song suggests that the woman is a “good girl” but that she wants to get “nasty” (sexually provocative) […]

Is It the First Step or All Those That Follow?

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Every journey starts with a single step. So, how many of us can remember our first tenuous and unsteady steps as a toddler. OK, no one can. Details from anyone who can recall could be fruitful to our conversation. So, how many of us can remember the first steps on our journey toward academic leadership? […]

Are We “Waiting for Superman” in Higher Education?

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Several years ago, I watched a life-altering, award-winning documentary, Waiting for Superman (2010), directed by Davis Guggenheim which methodically dissected the public education system exploring the many ways in which it is failing the community and society as a whole. One of the participants in the documentary, Geoffrey Canada, believed the issues highlighted (e.g., high […]

The Trap of Overcommitting

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Someone asks you to serve on a committee, to spearhead a new initiative, or something along those lines. You pause to think about everything on your plate and that person goes in for the proverbial kill – “Oh, with your skill set, it won’t take up that much of your time” (flattery appeal) or my […]

LMI Blog Submission Guidelines

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We are excited about the new LMI Blog.   The purpose of the LMI blog is to serve as a communication tool to help African Americans prepare for senior administrative and faculty positions, by sharing narratives, accomplishment stories, and skills needed for success. Blog Submission Guidelines LMI will accept blog postings that meet the following criteria. […]