Lezli Baskerville

Higher Ed

  • College access and admission
  • College graduation rates
  • Financial aid
  • Race and diversity

Lezli Baskerville, a constitutional rights lawyer, is CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, the membership/advocacy association for the 104 historically black colleges and universities and 100 predominantly black institutions. Baskerville has been recognized by STEMConnector as one of “100 Women Leaders in STEM”; by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of “25 Women Making a Difference”; by AOL Black Voices as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Black Women in Higher Education”; and by Ebony Magazine for six consecutive years as one of America’s Top 100 Most Influential Association Leaders. Baskerville holds a bachelor’s degree from Douglass College, Rutgers University, and was inducted into its Hall of Fame. Baskerville holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law, an honorary doctorate from Benedict College, and a doctorate of humane letters from Shaw University. She is a graduate of the Executive Management Program for Minority Directors at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She serves on the Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Commission, the HBCU Capital Finance Board, and the STEM4US board.