Toyia K. Younger is the Vice President for Leadership Development at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). In this role, she provides strategic vision for the creation and delivery of programs that support and advance the mission and priorities of AASCU and its member institutions. She oversees association-wide development and alignment of all AASCU leadership and professional development programs, as well as manages all corporate partnerships with the association.
Before her arrival at AASCU, Dr. Younger served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State). In this role, she served as the chief student affairs officer for the system and provided support and advocacy for all student affairs functions on the 31 college and university campuses. In addition to her student affairs responsibilities, she also served as the Interim Chief Diversity Officer providing overall leadership and direction for developing, implementing, and monitoring programs and processes that promoted and sustained access, diversity, and equity throughout the system.
An expert on a wide range of higher education topics, Dr. Younger has focused her research and expertise in areas related to higher education opportunity and access including: community colleges, transfer students, college readiness and preparation, and underserved student populations. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students.
A native of Flint, Michigan, she holds a doctorate in Education Policy from the University of Maryland College Park, a Master of Arts in Counseling and Student Development from Trinity University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations from Michigan State University.