Dr. Ba-Shen T. Welch is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and an unanimously named Associate Professor of Political Science at Miles College, located within metropolitan Birmingham, Alabama. She provides oversight of the identification, formulation, implementation, and evaluation of strategic and priority College initiatives and objectives. The Office engages in the systematic, explicit, and documented process of measuring performance against the organizational mission in all aspects and units of the institution. Dr. Welch successfully led Miles College through the College-wide effort of the reaffirmation of accreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The Commission’s mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region, and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that colleges and universities meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students. Every proposal that Dr. Welch has submitted on behalf of Miles College has been awarded. She authored the proposal for which the College was awarded and received designation as an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (IC CAE) by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which now falls under the domain and guidance of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Less than 30 institutions of higher education in the United States hold this Intelligence Community designation. A primary function under the Office of Strategic Initiatives is the responsibility to direct the CAE program at Miles College. She also has professional oversight for and as a part of her professional portfolio International Studies and Public Policy; First Year Enrichment; and Information Technology. She was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She is a cum laude graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She has a certificate in Assessment from the Harvard University Institutes for Higher Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She earned a M.A. in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration at age 27, distinguishing her as one of the youngest Ph.D. recipients in the world. Dr. Welch was named by EBONY Magazine as one of the 30 Leaders of the Future. At Miles College, she services in the capacity of senior advisor on strategic objectives to the administration and she has acted in the capacity of advisor to numerous organizations and committees. Her research interests include Postsecondary Administration; the Clinton Presidency; Globalization; the Global Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities; International Culture and Studies; Black Politics; and Political Science. Dr. Welch has lectured, conducted research, and or engaged in diplomatic meetings abroad in Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; The Hague South Holland, Netherlands; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cuttack, Orrisa, Delhi, Agra, Bangalore, and Bhubaneswar, India; Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Egypt; Accra, Winneba, Ghana; Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, China; Munich, Germany; Rome, Italy; Johannesburg, Cape Town South Africa; Saigon, Vietnam; Siem Reap, Cambodia; and Bangkok, Thailand.