Armando Bengochea, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer, and Director of Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

FUNDING AREAS: Diversity in higher education, undergraduate fellowships

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PROFILE: Mellon program officer Armando Bengochea works at the foundation's Diversity Initiative. He oversees their Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) program and directs the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF), taking over the position after Carlotta Arthur's 2011 resignation. His foundation bio shares:

Armando Bengochea became program officer for Diversity and director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program in July 2012.  He has played a role in MMUF programs since 1992, first at Brown University, and then at Connecticut College.  

After completing his undergraduate education with an independent major in social and political philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Bengochea earned a PhD in politics at Princeton University where he wrote a political philosophy dissertation on Tocqueville.  From 1986-2006, he worked as an undergraduate academic dean at Brown University, where he served as dean of freshman studies and associate dean of the college.  In 2002, Mr. Bengochea helped create, launched, and then oversaw the university’s First Year Seminar program.  Throughout his 20-year tenure at Brown, Mr. Bengochea was charged with monitoring the academic and social well-being of Latino undergraduates across all four undergraduate classes.

In 2006, Mr. Bengochea was appointed dean of the college and senior diversity officer at Connecticut College.  At Connecticut College, Mr. Bengochea planned and executed with the chief academic officer a successful and rapid diversification of the faculty.  He was also a founding member of the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO) group.