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President of Bowie State University since July 2017, Aminta Breaux has some 30 years’ experience in higher education.

She earned her master’s degree in psychological services in education from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia.

What’s the most important thing you do in your job?
Leading the university in achieving our mission as the oldest historically Black university in Maryland and to achieve the priorities of our Racing to Excellence strategic plan, which includes academic excellence, student success and the long-term viability of the institution. At the core of what I do every day is ensuring students have access and the supports to achieve their education.

Who was your most significant mentor and what did you learn from that person?
My father imparted many lessons to me as a role model and mentor. He was a high school educator and a coach of Olympic track and field athletes. I learned from him the value and importance of education. Secondly, I learned to strive to reach my optimum level of performance and that meant to push myself beyond my comfort zone. I also learned about the need to pave the way for others as I saw him inspire and motivate his students and athletes through his efforts to achieve equity for them.