Eight new fellows have been selected for the 2006-07 Administrative Fellowship Program. Of the eight fellows, four 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 professionals currently working at Harvard who are identified by their department and selected by the fellowship program review committee to have the leadership potential to advance to higher administrative positions.
Coordinated by the Office of the Assistant to the President, the Administrative Fellowship Program began its year with a one-day orientation held at the Harvard Faculty Club in September. Interim President Derek Bok was present to welcome the sponsors and the eight new fellows and to discuss Harvard’s ongoing pursuit of excellence, commitment to diversity, and continued support to the program. Bok was the first Harvard president to fund the program when it was launched in 1989, and he expressed his pleasure that his vision for the program then continues to flourish now.
Following Bok’s remarks, A. Clayton Spencer, vice president for policy, spoke to the fellows about her role in the President’s Office. During lunch, five former fellows who are currently at Harvard shared their experiences and provided information for a successful fellowship with current fellows and program staff.
The University-wide program, now entering its 17th year, provides an opportunity to bring outstanding professionals, who are committed to addressing the underrepresentation of ethnic minority groups within the University’s workforce, 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.
Harvard Visiting Administrative Fellows
Biba C. Bryant, M.B.A. (Florida A&M University). Bryant held a number of writing contracts with large marketing and technology firms and was a former financial associate with SunTrust Robertson Humphrey Capital Markets Corporate Investment Bank and JP Morgan Credit Risk Management. While at Florida A&M University on a full assistantship, she worked in M.B.A. student co-op positions with Freddie Mac, CitiGroup, and GE Medical Systems. Bryant is also currently serving as the chief editor of the Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry Alumni Newsletter and is an acting member of the National Black M.B.A. Association. Her fellowship assignment is in the Office of Procurement Services, Financial Administration.
Adonis Ferreira, B.A. in Spanish, Ed.M. (University of Massachusetts, Amherst). As cultural affairs coordinator in the City of New Bedford, Mass., Ferreira was responsible for promoting policies and activities that foster the educational, social, and economic stability of residents of African-American, Cape Verdean, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Portuguese origin. Prior to this position, he served as the assistant and then associate dean for multicultural student affairs at the University of Maine. From 1993 to 1995, Ferreira served as program coordinator for the Office of Third World Affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His fellowship assignment is in the Office of Student Affairs, Graduate School of Education (HGSE).
Claudia R. Holguin, M.L.S. (San Jose State University) and J.D. (Georgetown University School of Law). Holguin most recently worked in university archives and music special collections at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to becoming an archivist, Holguin practiced corporate law in Mexico City for a time, representing foreign corporations doing business in Mexico. Her fellowship assignment is in University Archives, Harvard University Library.
Deborah P. Powell-Roach, M.S. in management with concentration in health care services (Lesley University) and B.S. in food and nutrition (Framingham State College). Powell-Roach has worked with the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program for 15 years serving as program director and nutritionist. Before coming to Harvard, she served as the program director for the WIC program at Whittier Street Health Center in Boston. Her fellowship assignment is in the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center, School of Public Health.
Harvard Resident Administrative Fellows
Daryl A. Boone, B.A. in German (Bates College) and M.L.I.S. (Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science). Boone is currently the head of the English Technical Services Division at Harvard College’s Widener Library, where she is responsible for the ordering, receiving, and cataloging of all English-language materials. She has been at the Widener Library in increasingly responsible positions since 1985. She has participated in a number of University-wide workgroups and is a former member of the Harvard College Joint Library Council. She is a member of the American Library Association and its Black Caucus and the Massachusetts Black Librarians Network, and has been selected to be profiled for the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science’s online diversity exhibit.
Philip Lee, dual B.A. in psychology and sociology (Duke University) and J.D. (Harvard Law School [HLS]). Lee is currently the assistant director of admissions at HLS. He is a former assistant corporation counsel with the New York City Law Department and a former associate with Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Silberberg in New York City. As a law student, he held internships with the Criminal Justice Institute of HLS, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, and Harvard Defenders. Lee is admitted to practice law in the state of New York and the commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts. He is a former member of the Litigation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Diversity Committee of the New York City Law Department.
Carmen Lopez, B.A. in history modified with Native American studies (Dartmouth College) and Ed.M. (HGSE). Lopez is the executive director of the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP). In her efforts to build a vibrant intellectual community committed to Native American Studies at Harvard, Lopez oversees the operation of the University-wide Interfaculty Initiative that focuses on American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian recruitment and student support; interdisciplinary teaching and research projects on Native issues; and community outreach. She also serves as a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Committee on Ethnic Studies, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, and as an admissions reader for the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Master in Public Policy program. Prior to her appointment at HUNAP, Lopez served on the faculty of Cushing Academy located in Ashburnham, Mass., and the Native American Preparatory School located in Rowe, N.M., where she taught U.S. history, American studies, and American politics and government. Lopez volunteers her time as a board member to the Indian Dispute Resolution Services Inc. and as a Dartmouth Alumni Council member.
Krystofer A. Meadows, B.A. in communications (Washburn University), certificate in financial planning (Boston University), and M.L.S. in museum studies candidate (Harvard University). Meadows has been a tax analyst at Harvard since 2001. She brings a great deal of experience as a writer and currently performs research and analysis on tax compliance issues at Harvard, as well as manages the Web site for University Tax Services. Meadows is currently completing her internship for the Museum Studies program at Harvard in institutional advancement at the Fogg Art Museum. She is a member of the American Association of Museums and the New England Museum Association, and has volunteered for both the American Association of Museums and Somerville Open Studios, and is a contributor to the African American National Biography Project conducted through the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Oxford University Press, and Harvard University.
Of the many former visiting fellows who remained at Harvard after their fellowship assignment, 18 are now 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/assistant to the president.