As director of ACE’s executive leadership group Jayne Marie Comstock is responsible for designing, developing, and delivering executive leadership programs for college and university presidents, chief academic officers, and other senior campus leaders.
Comstock has extensive experience as a senior-level academic administrator. She came to ACE from Butler University (IN), where she is a professor of organizational communication and leadership on sabbatical for the 2012-13 academic year. She served as Butler's provost and vice president of academic affairs from July 2008 to June 2012. As provost, she facilitated the campus-wide strategic planning process, co-chaired a facilities master planning process, conducted comprehensive program reviews, and inspired an entrepreneurial environment that encouraged the development of new academic programs, expanded international initiatives, and enhanced local partnerships, particularly with public schools. Comstock also served as Butler’s interim president during the summers of 2009 and 2011. She is a frequent presenter at higher education conferences and events and authors the blog, Advancing the Higher Education Agenda.
Earlier in her career, Comstock served as vice president for academic affairs at Millikin University (IL) and as vice president and dean of the college at Baker University (KS). She also held leadership positions in Saint Louis University's School for Professional Studies. Comstock first earned tenure and promotion at the University of West Florida, where she directed the Organizational Communication program and the Center for Leadership Development.
Comstock earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication from Illinois State University and a doctorate in communication from the University of Arizona. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Delta, and Alpha Sigma Lambda.