USU Leadership

USU is led by presidents and chancellors of America’s leading urban public research universities. The board of directors governs and sets policy for the organization.

The Chair of the coalition is Michael Amiridis, President, University of South Carolina.

M. Roy Wilson, President, Wayne State University, Past Chair

Wayne J. Riley, President, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Vice Chair – Health

Michelle Marks, Chancellor, University of Colorado, Denver, Treasurer

Kim A. Wilcox, Chancellor, University of California, Riverside, Secretary

Michael Rao, President, Virginia Commonwealth University

William Covino, President, California State University, Los Angeles

Taylor Eighmy, President, University of Texas at San Antonio, Advocacy Lead

Mark Mone, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Workforce Lead

Garnett Stokes, President, University of New Mexico

Neal J. Smatresk, President, University of North Texas

Havidán Rodríguez, President, The State University of New York at Albany (SUNY)

Keith Whitfield, President, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, ARJE Lead

Erika Beck, President, California State University, Northridge

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Featured Project & Initiative

The Data Literacy Institute – a partnership between APLU and the Association for Institutional Research with funding from Ascendium – brings together cross-departmental teams from 11 Powered by Publics institutions from Cluster 14 to engage in training that enhance their use of data to improve equitable student outcomes. In May 2022, Powered by Publics held […]

Featured Project & Initiative

Powered by Publics is convening nearly 125 change-ready institutions within 16 “transformation clusters” focused on solving different pieces of the student success puzzle. Participating institutions are working collaboratively to increase college access, eliminate the achievement gap, and award hundreds of thousands more degrees by 2025.