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Shari Garmise, Ph.D.
Vice President,
USU/APLU Office of Urban Initiatives


Shannon Looney
Deputy Director

Lynn Brabender
Program Manager, Urban Initiatives

Andréa Rodriguez
Assistant Director, USU/APLU Office of Urban Initiatives

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

Adrianne Thomas
Staff Associate,
USU/APLU Office of Urban Initiatives


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 Mark Rosenberg, President, Florida International University.

Mark Rosenberg, President, Florida International University, Chair 

Mark Becker, President, Georgia State University, Past Chair

Dianne Harrison, President, California State University, Northridge, Secretary 

Michael Amiridis, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago

William Covino, President, California State University, Los Angeles

Dorothy Horrell, Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver

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

Michael Rao, President, Virginia Commonwealth University, Vice Chair

Kim Wilcox, Chancellor, University of California, Riverside

M. Roy Wilson, President, Wayne State University    

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

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