Claudia J. Ford ’86, ‘15

Dr. Claudia J. Ford ’86, ‘15 (San Francisco, MA; New England, PhD), SUNY Postdam Interim Chief Diversity Officer, has been named to the 2021 Millennium Leadership Initiative, a premier leadership development program of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). She was one of only 32 administrators from across the country to be chosen for the prestigious program. The Millennium Leadership Initiative provides individuals traditionally underrepresented in the highest ranks of postsecondary education with the opportunity to develop skills, gain a philosophical overview, and build the network and knowledge needed to advance to the presidency. Ford has had a career in international development and women’s health spanning four decades and all continents. Beginning in September 2021, following a year of service leading SUNY Potsdam’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, she will return to the Department of Environmental Studies as professor and chair. She also serves on the boards of the Soul Fire Farm Institute, and The Black Farmer Fund, with both organizations committed to supporting Black farmers and ending racism and injustice in the food system. Read more about Dr. Ford here.