Dr. Fred Millán, the interim Psychology Department chair at SUNY Old Westbury on Long Island, is one of only 11 faculty and staff members across the university system to be appointed this year by SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras.
The SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute is tasked with developing and supporting the next generations of Hispanic leaders.
“For me, it’s a big deal. It’s an honor,” Millán said. “It’s a great cause, the idea of diversifying the administration leadership at SUNY.”
A bilingual Latinx counseling psychologist, Millán is the director of SUNY Old Westbury’s master’s in Mental Health Counseling program.
He also serves as chair of the American Psychological Association Ethics Committee, a member of the New York State Board for Licensure/Discipline, and is former president of the Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards and the National Latinx Psychology Association.
He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University.
Millán said his role will be to both learn from others as well as share his own experiences. He hopes to provide resources, connections and insights that he has learned over the years to the institute.
Much like how the MLB has the minor leagues and the NBA has college basketball, university systems need a pipeline for new voices and leadership, Millán said.
“Many people don’t have the access or resources or they’re too humble to put themselves forward,” he said. “It’s good to identify prospects to fill these positions, and then give them the access and training they need.
“They also serve as mentors for future people who look like them,” Millán added. “They bring their own perspectives.”