Twelve new fellows have been selected for the 2002-03 Administrative Fellowship Program. Of the new fellows, eight are visiting fellows and four are resident fellows. Visiting fellows are talented professionals drawn from business, education, and the professions outside the University, while resident fellows are minority professionals currently working at Harvard who are identified by their department and selected by the fellowship program review committee as having the leadership potential to advance to higher administrative positions.
The Administrative Fellowship Program, coordinated by the Office of the Assistant to the President, began its year with a one-day orientation held at the Harvard Faculty Club in September. President Lawrence H. Summers was present to welcome the sponsors and the 12 new fellows and to discuss Harvard’s ongoing pursuit of excellence.
The University-wide program, now entering its 14th year, provides an opportunity to bring minority professionals into the Harvard community for a one-year work experience in academic administration.
The program is supplemented with seminars and case studies on academic administration presented by deans, vice presidents, major office directors, and faculty at the University. The goals of the program include enhancing the fellows’ administrative and professional skills and clarifying their career objectives.
2002-03 Visiting Administrative Fellows
Nannette Bailey, master of education in human development and psychology (Harvard University); master of teaching in early childhood education (Virginia Commonwealth University); bachelor of arts in mass communications (Hampton University). Bailey is the former executive director of the Carver Promise, a nonprofit mentoring program in Richmond, Va., which is designed to assist high-risk youth with completing high school and matriculating to college. Her fellowship placement is in the Division of Public Health Practice, School of Public Health.
Amy Besaw, master of education (Harvard University); master of arts in organizational leadership (Chapman University); bachelor of arts in business administration (University of Washington). Besaw previously worked as an organizational development consultant in a private company she started in 1997. Her focus was developing materials on team building and organizational leadership for companies within manufacturing and technology industries, working in both domestic and international markets. She also worked with Medicine Creek Tribal College in organizational development. Her fellowship placement is with the Harvard University Native American Program at the Kennedy School of Government.
Shundelle LaTjuan Dogan, master of education in student personnel services and bachelor of arts in advertising and public relations (University of South Carolina). Dogan is completing a dissertation for her Ph.D. in higher education administration at the University of South Carolina (USC). She most recently served as a full-scholarship doctoral student with USC’s African-American Professors Program, fellow with the higher education and student affairs program, and assistant in the College of Education’s development office at USC. A recipient of the prestigious K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the American Association for Higher Education, Dogan has presented her research at national and international conferences. She has nonprofit experience as former program director of City Year, Columbia, S.C., and private sector experience in pharmaceutical sales with Merck Human Health in Raleigh, N.C. Her fellowship assignment is in the Office of External Relations, Harvard Business School.
Paulette Hilton-Robinson, doctor of philosophy in education (The Ohio State University); master of education (Oregon State University); and bachelor in business administration (University of Oregon). For the past seven years, Hilton-Robinson worked as project director of the University of Nevada, Reno’s prime contract for Sierra Nevada Job Corps in Stead, Nev. As project director, she negotiated $90 million in grants for continued operation of the facility’s training programs, and implemented a medical specialist program for Job Corps students. Her fellowship placement is in the Office for Diversity and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School.
Colleen Richards Powell, bachelor of arts in political science (Wellesley College). Powell most recently worked in the Wellesley College Alumnae Association, where she was the primary contact for 130 alumnae clubs and informal groups around the world. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Powell worked for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s Labor and Human Resources Committee. There, she worked directly with the Democratic General Counsel on children’s issues and low-income policy. She also held primary responsibility for issues related to teen pregnancy, fatherhood, child safety, and homelessness. She remains involved with her alma mater as a member of the college’s alumnae board and on various volunteer committees. Her fellowship placement is in the Office of the President.
MariaElena G. Rubio, bachelor of science in marketing and bachelor of arts in communication (Arizona State University). Rubio’s most recent professional experience includes serving as the coordinator for the We the People Program at the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education (the charitable arm of the State Bar of Arizona). Trained in marketing and communication disciplines, Rubio worked to promote the U.S. Government/Civic education programs to Arizona children through educator training, special event planning, and support activities. Additionally, she worked on grant management and supervised the programs’ congressional district coordinator network. Her fellowship placement is in the Division of Public Health Practice, School of Public Health.
Audrey Dolar Tejada, master of science in broadcast journalism (Boston University) and bachelor of arts in English (Cornell University). Tejada’s most recent professional experience includes a federal appointment to the Census 2000 regional media team, where she served on the staff of regional director Arthur Dukakis and as press advance for Kenneth Prewitt, director of the U.S. Census Bureau. Trained as a broadcast journalist, Tejada worked on ABC News’ flagship newscast, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and as a Hearst-Argyle Fellow in broadcast news at WCVB. She has also worked with Professor Charles Ogletree at Harvard Law School. She was named to the Governor’s Asian American Commission Directory of Outstanding Massachusetts Asian Americans 2001, the National Board of the Asian American Journalists Association, and Who’s Who in American Women. Her fellowship placement is at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.
Linwood Webster, master of science in information science (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, [UNC]) and bachelor of arts in English-media/journalism (North Carolina Central University). For the past 11 years, Webster has worked in information technology as a computer operator with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, a network analyst with Duke University Medical Center Library, and project coordinator for both UNC computing groups – Academic Technology and Networks (ATN), and Administrative Information Systems (AIS). In addition to working full time and pursuing his master’s degree part time, Webster represented his school at graduate and professional school fairs across the Southeast. His fellowship placement is at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.
2002-03 Resident Administrative Fellows
Lee Bitsoi, master of education in administration, planning and social policy (Harvard University); bachelor of science in child development and family relations (The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque). Bitsoi is currently the assistant director for Student Development and Recruitment in the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP). Prior to his appointment at HUNAP, he served as an assistant director of admissions and financial aid at Dartmouth College, where he was the coordinator of Native American recruitment. His work experience has focused on student services and this includes serving as a financial aid advisor at San Juan College in New Mexico, and as an admissions peer outreach counselor at the University of New Mexico. He is an associate member of the Association of Black (and Minority) Admissions and Financial Aid Officers in the Ivy League and Sister Schools, and is active in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, as well as the National Indian Education Association.
Loida Feliz Chi, bachelor of science in human services (Lesley University). Chi has spent the past eight years in higher education administration, working primarily in the areas of student services and enrollment management. She started her professional career at Lesley University, where she administered federal and institutional financial aid for both undergraduate and graduate students. She has been on the staff of the Graduate School of Education (GSE) since the fall of 1998, serving for the first two years as a financial aid officer and the past two years as an assistant director of admissions. At GSE she is also seeking a master’s degree with a concentration in administration, planning, and social policy, which she expects to receive in June 2003. Chi specializes in issues related to the access, recruitment, and retention of students of color in higher education.
Alex Lloyd, master of science in finance (Boston College); master of business administration (Suffolk University); bachelor of science in management (Northeastern University). Lloyd joined Harvard in January 2001 as financial consultant, Office of Budget and Financial Planning, with a wide range of financial and management experience. Most recently, he served with the Chase Manhattan Corp., where he was assistant treasurer with operational responsibility for a variety of mutual fund issues. Lloyd has also been a fund administration manager at First Data Corp., and senior financial analyst at Putnam Investments. Lloyd works with the Medical School, School of Public Health, and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, University Press, University Health Services, Alumni Affairs & Development, Offices of the President and Provost, and other operational units. He also has the lead role on capital planning issues and central bank projects.
Marjorie Victor, master of arts in law and diplomacy in international development (Tufts University) and bachelor of arts in theoretical linguistics (Amherst College). Victor is the assistant director of the Harvard Law School Fund and has been with the University for two years. In addition, she also serves as the president of the PhotoVoice Foundation, a grassroots organization serving street children, refugees, and other marginalized groups around the world. Prior to joining the Law School, she taught in China with Princeton-in-Asia and worked in Vietnam for Indochina Capital Corp., and the Ho Chi Minh City Child Welfare Foundation.
Of the former visiting fellows who remained at Harvard after their fellowship assignment, 14 are permanently employed by the University. Others decided to pursue opportunities outside of Harvard, typically at colleges and universities or other institutions in the nonprofit sector. The Administrative Fellowship Program is a collaborative effort between host departments and the Office of the Assistant to the President, with fellowship stipends being underwritten in part by the President’s Office. The program is coordinated by the Office of the Assistant to the President, where Teresa Malonzo serves as program coordinator and James Hoyte is the associate vice president and assistant to the president.