Patricia A. Neilson

Member, Board of Directors

Patricia Akemi Neilson is the Director of the Center for Collaborative Leadership, College of Management, University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to her work at UMB, Dr. Neilson served as an academic dean at North Shore Community College.

Dr. Neilson’s research interest is in the underrepresentation of Asian-American senior administrators in higher education. As part of the pipeline effort, Dr. Neilson serves as a faculty member in the Leadership Development Program in Higher Education (LDPHE) and has mentored promising APAs. Patricia was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and relocated to Massachusetts 24 years ago.

Dr. Neilson’s recent publications include Voices of the Future: Emerging Leaders, S. Penney, and P. Neilson, (Eds.) (University of Massachusetts Boston, 2009), and Next Generation Leadership: Insights from Emerging Leaders. S. Penney, and P. Neilson, (Palgrave Macmillan. 2010).

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