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Council of Fellows Board

December 30, 1899


Executive Board Members

This committee coordinates the activities of the Council of Fellows. The 2015–16 chair is Thomas J. Botzman, (2002–03), President, Misericordia University (PA). 

The Executive Board's priorities include:
  • Annually reviewing and establishing COF priorities.
  • Annually reviewing the preceding year's income and expenditures of the COF, and approving the operating budget and budget priorities for the coming year.
  • Providing direct accountability to the COF, and thereby to the ACE president and vice presidents, through the director of the ACE Fellows Program.
  • Meeting at least twice each year: (1) at the ACE Annual Meeting and (2) in conjunction with the COF Weekend.



Chair: Thomas J. Botzman (2002–03), President, Misericordia University (PA) [Executive Committee Member]

Vice Chair/Chair Elect: Nancy H. Blattner (2002–03), President, Caldwell University (NJ) [Executive Committee Member]

Immediate Past Chair: Earl H. Potter III (1990–91), President, St. Cloud State University (MN) [Executive Committee Member]

Secretary: Michelle Behr (2005-06), Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs,  Birmingham-Southern College (AL) [Executive Committee Member]


Class of 2016

Joseph Bertolino (2010–11), President, Lyndon State College (VT)

Bethami Dobkin (2001–02), Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Saint Mary’s College of California

Lisa C. Freeman (2004–05), Interim Executive Vice President and Provost, Northern Illinois University [Executive Committee Member]

David Garcia (2008–09), Provost, Carthage College (WI) [Executive Committee Member]

Richard J. Helldobler (2005–06), Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Northeastern Illinois University [Executive Committee Member]

Susan E. Henking (2009–10), President, Shimer College (IL)

Barbara G. Lyman (2000–01), Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Shippensburg University (PA)

Anny Morrobel-Sosa (1998–99), Provost, Lehman College of The City University of New York

David Carl Wilson (1999–2000), Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Webster University (MO)

Joseph Youngblood II (2011–12), Vice Provost and Dean, John S. Watson School of Public Service, Thomas Edison State College (NJ) [Executive Committee Member]​ 


Class of 2017

Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh (2010–11), Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, University of Oregon

James Soto Antony (2006–07), Associate Provost, Yale University (CT)

Carolyn R. Newton (2001–02), Provost, The College of Wooster (OH)

Gwendolyn D. Packnett (2011–12), Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Missouri

Bryan Penprase (2012–13), Frank P. Brackett Professor of Astronomy, Pomona College (CT) 

Joseph Peters (2007–08), Dean of Education, Georgia College & State University

Margaret H. Venable (2008–09), Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Gordon State University (GA) 


Class of 2018

Karen J.L. Burg (2006–07), Professor of Chemical Engineering/Vice President for Research, Kansas State University

John C. Cavanaugh (1994–95), President  & CEO, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area [Executive Committee Member]

Mary S. Croughan (2012–13), Executive Director, Research Grants Program Office, University of California Office of the President

Joel Frater (2013–14), Assistant Provost for Diversity and Associate Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies, State University of New York College at Brockport [Executive Committee Member]​

Russell J. Frohardt (2010–11), Professor of Psychology, Saint Edward’s University (TX)

Lawrence O. Hamer (2007–08), Associate Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, DePaul University (IL)

Gayle E. Hutchinson (2005–06), Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, California State University Channel Islands

Stanley "Stas" C. Preczewski (2003–04), President, Georgia Gwinnett College

Patricia Price (2013–14), Professor of Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University

Tina Q. Richardson (2009–10), Associate Dean Academic Affairs, School of Education, Drexel University (PA)

Dereck J. Rovaris (2008–09), Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Multicultural Affairs, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans

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