Anthony V. Junior, Ph.D


For over 15 years, Dr. Anthony Junior served as the Director of the Department of the Navy’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program Office. During his tenure, Dr. Junior developed the Navy/Marine Corps HBCU/MI strategic plan, issued program guidance, and managed program implementation. His duties included advocating, developing, budgeting, implementing, managing, evaluating, and reporting on activities and programs that strengthen and support the capabilities of HBCU/MIs to participate in Naval science and technology research programs, STEM education programs, and contracting opportunities. Additionally, he was appointed to serve on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Diversity Council to develop and execute the Navy’s diversity and inclusion strategic plan.

As the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) program manager for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education and outreach and the Navy’s recognized expert on HBCU/MIs, Dr. Junior successfully managed contracts, grants, and budgets totaling $85 million invested annually in STEM education programs. The STEM education programs annually impacted over 100,000 students and faculty beginning with elementary, middle, and high schools as well as undergraduate, graduate, and research faculty development. In addition to the STEM education, Dr. Junior managed the $45 million annual investment in basic and applied research and education programs at HBCU/MIs. Dr. Junior’s holistic program management strategy forged partnerships across multiple constituencies, including Navy executive leadership, other federal agencies, colleges and universities, industry, small businesses, Congressional committees, minority institutions and their associated advocacy groups, and the White House offices with oversight for program activities.

Dr. Junior also served as the Deputy Director for the ONR's Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Office ($500M). He served as the Deputy Director for the Systems Engineering Division at the ONR, and Director of Computer Security at the ONR.

Dr. Junior earned his PhD in higher education from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. He possesses a Masters in Business Administration and a B.S. in Business Administration. He is a DoD-certified acquisition professional (Contracting Officer and Program Manager) and an industry-certified systems engineer and programmer. He successfully completed and received professional certifications from Howard University's School of Business, Executive Coaching Program, Hampton University's Executive Leadership Development Program, Georgetown University's Government Affairs Institute, Seminar for Executives on Legislative Operations, and the African American Board Leadership Institute's BoardExec Leadership Seminar. Dr. Junior served on the Board of Trustees for Martin University, Indianapolis, IN, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Howard University’s School of Business, Executive Education Programs. He is also a member of the National Black MBA Association. Additionally, Dr. Junior serves as an external reviewer for research and education programs proposals for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). As an adjunct instructor with Howard University's School of Business, Executive Education Program, he teaches strategic planning, leadership, organizational culture, and change management.

Dr. Junior's exemplary performance was consistently rewarded and recognized by the Navy's executive leadership. He is the recipient of personal "challenge" coins from the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus (2010), Chiefs of Naval Operations, Admiral Gary Roughhead (2009) and Admiral Jonathan Greenert (2011), Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen (2010), and the Commanding Officer Naval Air Systems Command, Vice Admiral David Venlet (2007). Dr. Junior's contributions were recognized by other organizations to include the:

  • Billion Dollar Roundtable - an organization comprised of companies who subcontract
    over $1B annually to small businesses (Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, etc.);

  • Clinton Global Initiative;

  • National Society of Black Engineers;

  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities;

  • George Washington University;

  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities;

  • Black Engineer of the Year- STEM- trailblazers award;

  • Alabama A&M Research Institute Lifetime Achievement award;

  • Tennessee State University;

  • Department of Commerce Nuclear Regulatory Commission;

  • Who's Who registry of Executives and Professionals;

  • North Carolina A&T University and others.

Margaret Daniels Tyler

Education Solutions Architect Managing Partner - THE TYLER GROUP, LLC

Margot Tyler is a leader who embraces change and new ideas. She is both reflective and action-oriented understanding that collaboration always leads to the most creative outcomes. Margot is a woman of principle who takes pleasure, not in exercising power, but in seeing those around her succeed and flourish. She finds her joy in problem-solving, and believes that to lead is to serve.

Margot has created numerous field-building initiatives along the education lifecycle--from high school to corporate careers--developing a broad range of inventive delivery systems through multiple leverage points to improve access, success and opportunity. Her career portfolio includes providing strategic and tactical guidance to the management of the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation’s $2B investments in scholarships, and working to advance college completion goals by reducing barriers to post-secondary attainment for young adults of poverty and color.

Previously she served as UNCF Vice President and Executive Director of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Manager of Global Diversity for the BCSS initiative at McKinsey & Company Inc. one of the world’s preeminent management consulting firms, Chief of Staff to the President of Norfolk State University, and in several positions over almost two
decades at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) including Director of Masters Admission for the Sloan School of Management and Associate Dean of Graduate Education.

A graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government with a Master of Public Administration degree, and Boston University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Margot completed the MIT Sloan School Executive Management Program. She was also conferred a Doctorate of Humane Letters honoris causa by both the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, and Loyola University of Chicago. Appointed Dean-in-Residence for the Council of Graduate Schools at the National Center for Higher Education, her research resulted in two publications: Voices and Visions of Success in the Pursuit of the Ph.D., and a companion document, Catalyst for Success: The Summer Research Opportunity Program. More recently she published an article in the Special 10th Anniversary Issue of Leader to Leader Journal entitled, Creating an Incubator for Global Leadership.

Margot has served on a number of governmental advisory bodies advancing STEM education, including several for the National Science Foundation: the National Advisory Council for
Broadening Participation in STEM managed by the American Institute for Research, the IGERT National Recruitment Program Advisory Committee, and the NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Review Committee. She has also served on Special Emphasis Panels and Invitational Workshops for the NIH, NIEHS, and the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.

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