ACE has selected 50 college and university senior faculty and administrators for the 2013-14 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 senior leadership for the nation's colleges and universities.
“The 2013-14 class of Fellows is a talented, diverse group,” said Margarita Benítez, interim director of ACE’s Emerging Leaders Group and the ACE Fellows Program. “The ACE Fellows Program will strengthen their leadership skills, expand their networks and prepare them to tackle the wide array of issues facing the higher education community.”
The ACE Fellows Program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits 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 a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution, attending decision-making meetings and focusing on issues of concern. Fellows also conduct projects that will contribute to the institutional capacity of their home campuses. Projects have included developing an internationalization process, designing a post-tenure review practice, strategizing a teaching-learning center and crafting a productivity design to support the academic success of first-generation college students.
Fellows also engage in other leadership and management activities to enhance their knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education.
Nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program since its inception, 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.
Benítez said that the reach of the Fellows Program also can be seen in the diversity of the participants—by gender, race/ethnicity, institution type, job function area, disciplinary background and international representation.
“That diversity helps create a unique professional and learning network that extends far beyond the one year of the fellowship,” Benítez said. “The 2013-14 class members will find that they are able to tap into their Fellows Program experiences for years to come.”
Among the 2013-14 Fellows are an individual sponsored by the F. Marian Bishop Charitable Trust Bishop Fellowship Program; three partially sponsored by Fidelity Investments Fellowships for Leadership Development; and 10 partially sponsored by Council of Fellows Fund for the Future grants. In addition, two Fellows in this class are from Historically Black Colleges and Universities; three are from Hispanic-Serving Institutions; two are from community and technical colleges; two are from Latin America; and one is from the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.
The F. Marian Bishop Charitable Trust Bishop Fellowship Program aims to prepare medical faculty, specifically family medicine physicians, for leadership positions at medical schools and academic health centers.
The Fidelity Investments Fellowships for Leadership Development* are designed to provide financial support to colleges and universities that are resource-challenged to expand the pool of underrepresented populations who participate in leadership development programs connected to the appropriate networks for advancing up the administrative ladder in higher education.
The Council of Fellows Fund for the Future grants are intended to provide stipends to defray costs for institutions unable to afford the cost of sponsoring an ACE Fellow through financial support from the ACE Fellows Program alumni organization.
A complete list of the 2013-14 class of Fellows can be found here.
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