ACE has selected 47 emerging college and university leaders for the 2015-16 class of the ACE Fellows Program. Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program—the longest running leadership development program in the United States—focuses on identifying and preparing the next generation of senior leadership for the nation's colleges and universities.
The ACE Fellows Program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this academic year. ACE's 97th Annual Meeting earlier this month featured a number of activities and sessions focusing on the program, and the commemoration will continue in June at the Council of Fellows Weekend in Washington, DC.
ACE President Molly Corbett Broad noted that over the past five decades, nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the Fellows Program, with more than 300 Fellows having served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents, and deans.
"The ACE Fellows Program enters its second half-century committed to further growing and strengthening the nation's premier higher education leadership development program," Broad said. "The diverse and talented 2015-16 Fellows class embodies why the program has been such a vital contributor to expanding the leadership pipeline for our colleges and universities."
Click here to see the members of the 2015-16 class of Fellows.
The program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, visits to campuses and other higher education-related organizations, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year.
During the placement, Fellows observe and work with the president and other senior officers at their host institution, attend decision-making meetings and focus on issues of interest. Fellows also conduct projects of pressing concern for their home institution and seek to implement their findings upon completion of the fellowship year. Projects have included developing an internationalization process, designing a post-tenure review policy, creating a teaching-learning center and crafting an initiative to support the academic success of first-generation college students.
At the conclusion of the fellowship year, Fellows return to their home institution with new knowledge and skills that contribute to capacity-building efforts.
Margarita Benitez, interim assistant vice president of the ACE Emerging Leaders Group, noted the diversity of this year's Fellows Program participants, by gender, race/ethnicity, institution type and disciplinary background. Twenty-seven members of the 2015-16 Fellows are women. One Fellow is from a Historically Black University, six are from Hispanic-Serving Institutions, two are from community colleges and one is from an institution in Mexico.
"The intensive experience of the ACE Fellows Program will help this diverse and talented group of faculty and administrators strengthen their leadership skills, expand their networks and prepare to successfully confront the many challenges facing higher education today," Benitez said.
Eight members of the class are partially sponsored by Council of Fellows Fund for the Future grants. This financial support from the ACE Fellows alumni organization provides stipends to defray costs for institutions unable to afford the cost of sponsoring a Fellow.
The cohort also includes two Fellows sponsored by a partnership of the F. Marian Bishop Charitable Trust and the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation. The Bishop Fellowship Program prepares family medicine faculty to assume senior leadership positions in academic medicine and healthcare.
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