Michelle R. Howard-Vital, PH.D.

Michelle Howard-Vital was born and educated in Chicago, Illinois.  She earned her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Chicago.  She earned a Master’s of Arts in Teaching English also from the University of Chicago.  Additionally, President Howard-Vital earned her doctorate in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Howard-Vital has over 30 years of experience in various roles in higher education, and she has worked in three states—Illinois, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. When starting as an English instructor at Central YMCA Community College, she proclaimed, “I cannot believe they are paying me so much--$10,000—to have so much fun.” Dr. Howard-Vital has served as interim chancellor at Winston-Salem State University; associate vice president for academic affairs at The University of North Carolina, General Administration—Chapel Hill; vice chancellor for public service and extended education and associate provost at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington; associate vice president for academic programs and dean of the University College at Edinboro University in Edinboro, PA; dean of continuing education and nontraditional degree programs at Chicago State University; and dean of continuing education at Harold Washington College in Chicago.

Dr. Howard-Vital has co-authored a book, and authored or co-author book chapters, articles, reviews, and various professional papers.  Some of the titles of her works include, “Entrepreneurship Education: A Cautious Ray of Hope in Instructional Reform for Disadvantaged Youth,” (Rasheed & Howard-Vital, 2006); “Listening to Students: The Appeal of For-Profit Institutions” (2006); “Structuring a Supportive Environment for Women in Higher Education,” (2006); and “Precollege Bridge Programs: Lessons learned in preparing students to pursue study and careers in the health sciences, (2007).”

Dr. Howard-Vital has received numerous awards and recognitions for her service in higher education including the Association for Black Women in Higher Education Award for Leadership (2002); Million Dollar Club Award for Grants- The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (2001); Recognition as one of the outstanding graduates of the University of Chicago; and the Distinguished Alumni Award, for contributions to education in the form of scholarship, teaching, service and administration, University of Illinois at Chicago, May 7, 2000.

Dr. Howard-Vital enjoys gardening, traveling and skating with her husband, Geri Vital, and their daughter, Madelyn Vital.