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Portland State University
Shari Garmise, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President,
USU/APLU Office of Urban Initiatives

Christel Perkins, Ed.D.
Deputy Executive Director, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities

Andréa Rodriguez
Director, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities

Samantha Levine
Learning Collaborative Manager

Matt Renn
Data Analyst


Jennifer Danek, M.D.
Senior Director
USU Health Initiatives

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 current chair of the coalition is Michael Rao, President, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Michael Rao, President, Virginia Commonwealth University, Chair

Dianne Harrison, President, California State University, Northridge, Vice Chair

Mark Rosenberg, President, Florida International University, Past Chair 

Dorothy Horrell, Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver, Secretary 

Mark Pagano, Chancellor, University of Washington, Tacoma, Treasurer

Michael Amiridis, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Mark Becker, President, Georgia State University

William Covino, President, California State University, Los Angeles

Taylor Eighmy, President, University of Texas at San Antonio

Sharon Gaber, President, University of Toledo

Mark Mone, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Mary Papazian, President, San Jose State University

Wayne Riley, President SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Kim Wilcox, Chancellor, University of California, Riverside

M. Roy Wilson, President, Wayne State University

Meetings & Events Events

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This will be a virtual multi-day meeting.

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