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ACE Fellows Class of 2017-18

December 30, 1899


Zsuzsa Balogh
Professor and CET Program Coordinator, Civil Engineering Technology Program
Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
Nominator: Stephen M. Jordan, President
Placement: Colorado State University
Primary Mentor: David McLean, Dean, College of Engineering

Mehrzad Boroujerdi
Chair of Political Science & Provost Faculty Fellow
Syracuse University (NY)
Nominator: Michele G. Wheatly, Vice Chancellor and Provost
Placement: California State University, Northridge
Primary Mentor, Dianne Harrison, President

Rachel Ann Bowser
Assistant Dean, School of Liberal Arts; Associate Professor of English and Faculty Senate President
Georgia Gwinnett College
Nominator: Stanley "Stas" C. Preczewski, President (2003-04 ACE Fellow)
Placement: University of West Georgia
Primary Mentor: Kyle Marrero, President

M. Lynn Breyfogle
Associate Dean, First-Year and Sophomore Students, College of Arts & Sciences and Professor, Department of Mathematics
Bucknell University (PA)
Nominator: Barbara K. Altmann, Provost
Placement: Albion College (MI)
Primary Mentor: Mauri Ditzler, President

Yvonne N. Bui
Professor and Chairperson, Department of Special Education and Communicative Disorders
San Francisco State University (CA)1, 2
Nominator: Jennifer L. Summit, Interim Provost (2012-13 ACE Fellow)
Placement: Sonoma State University (CA)
Primary Mentor: Judy K. Sakaki, President (1995-95 ACE Fellow)

Monica Rene Cowart
Vice Provost and Professor of Philosophy
Merrimack College (MA)
Nominator: Christopher E. Hopey, President
Placement: Emerson College (MA)
Primary Mentor: M. Lee Pelton, President

Coray Quentin Davis
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Technology and Faculty Athletic Representative
Virginia State University
Nominator: Makola M. Abdullah, President
Placement: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Primary Mentor: Harold Martin, Chancellor

Dennis W. Devery
Vice President for Institutional Planning and Research
Thomas Edison State University (NJ)
Nominator: George A. Pruitt, President
Placement: Stockton University (NJ)
Primary Mentor: Harvey Kesselman, President

Kyle Farmbry
Dean, Graduate School-Newark
Rutgers University - Newark (NJ)
Nominator: Nancy E. Cantor, Chancellor
Placement: University of Pretoria (South Africa)
Primary Mentor: Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Jerlena Griffin-Desta
Associate Vice President-Student Development & Engagement; Deputy to the Vice President for Student Affairs
University of California Office of the President
Nominator: Janet Napolitano, President
Placement: University of Washington
Primary Mentor: Ana Mari Cauce, President

Melanie L. Harris
Founding Director, African American and Africana Studies and Associate Professor, Religion and Ethics
Texas Christian University
Nominator: Victor J. Boschini, Chancellor
Placement: University of Denver
Primary Mentor: Frank Tuitt, Senior Adviser to the Chancellor and Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

Erick Howenstine
Department Chair, Geography and Environmental Studies, and Economics
and Chair, Faculty Senate and Faculty Assembly
Northeastern Illinois University1
Nominator: Richard J. Helldobler, Interim President (2005-06 ACE Fellow)
Placement: Lehigh University (PA)
Primary Mentor: John D. Simon, President

David H. Jackson Jr.
Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate College
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Nominator: Larry Robinson, Interim President
Placement: University of Houston
Primary Mentor: Renu Khator, Chancellor and President

Ryan Andrew Johnson
Associate Professor of Accounting
Wofford College (SC)
Nominator: Nayef H. Samhat, President
Placement: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Primary Mentor: Philip Dubois, Chancellor

Drita Sadik Kadriu
Director, Department of Higher Education
Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology - Kosovo
Nominator: Arsim Bajrami, Minister
Placement: James Madison University (VA)
Primary Mentor: Jonathan R. Alger, President

Sandra King
Presidential Fellow/Director of Community College Relationships
Minnesota State University--Mankato
Nominator: Richard Davenport, President
Placement: Augsburg College (MN)
Primary Mentor: Paul C. Pribbenow, President

Brian Carnal Lucas
Coordinator of Public Affairs and Editor of University Newsletter, FAMU Forward
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Nominator: Larry Robinson, Interim President
Placement (Fall Semester): Dalton State College (GA)
Primary Mentor: Margaret Venable, President (​2008-09 ACE Fellow​)
Placement (Spring Semester): Fort Valley State University (GA)
Primary Mentor: Paul A. Jones, President (2007-08 ACE Fellow)

Laquore J. Meadows
Franklin County Extension Director
The Ohio State University
Nominator: Bruce McPheron, Executive Vice President and Provost
Placement: North Carolina State University
Primary Mentor: William R. Woodson, Chancellor

Carlos Nelson Medina
Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer
State University of New York System Office
Nominator: Alexander N. Cartwright, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Placement: Houston Community College-Northwest
Primary Mentor: Zachary R. Hodges, President (​1992-93 ACE Fellow)

Lori Messinger
Associate Vice Chancellor for External Programs
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Nominator: Marilyn Sheerer, Provost and Vice Chancellor
Placement: Virginia Commonwealth University
Primary Mentor: Michael Rao, President

John D. Miles
Dean, Center for Innovation and Learning
and Associate Professor of English
Wofford College (SC)
Nominator: Nayef H. Samhat, President
Placement: Coker College (SC)
Primary Mentor: Robert Wyatt, President (2007-08 ACE Fellow)

J. Bart Morrison
Assistant Provost for Academic Strategy and Innovation
Assumption College (MA)1
Nominator: Francesco C. Cesareo, President
Placement: Brandeis University (MA)
Primary Mentor: Ronald Liebowitz, President

Sundeep R. Muppidi
Associate Dean for Academic Planning and Curriculum, College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Communication
University of Hartford (CT)
Nominator: Gregory Woodward, President
Placement: Eastern Connecticut State University
Primary Mentor: Elsa Nuñez, President (1985-86 ACE Fellow)​

Claudia D. Nelson
Associate Professor of Political Science and President of the Faculty Senate
Coppin State University (MD)1
Nominator: Evelyn Maria Thompson, President
Placement: University of North Georgia
Primary Mentor: Bonita C. Jacobs, President

Antony D. Norman
Director, Educational Leadership Doctoral Program
and Professor, Department of Psychology
Western Kentucky University1
Nominator: David D. Lee, Dean, Arts & Letters
Placement: East Tennessee State University
Primary Mentor: Brian E. Noland, President

Ryan Patten
Associate Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
California State University, Chico
Nominator: Gayle E. Hutchinson, President (2005-06 ACE Fellow)
Placement: Yuba College (CA)
Primary Mentor: G.H. Javaheripour, President

Kira Poplowski
Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Drew University (NJ)
Nominator: Mary Ann Baenninger, President
Placement: CUNY New York City College of Technology
Primary Mentor: Russell K. Hotzler, President

Markel D. Quarles
Director, Center for Career Education and Community Engagement
California State University, Bakersfield
Nominator: Horace Mitchell, President
Placement: California State University, Fresno
Primary Mentor: Joseph I. Castro, President

Ritu Raju
Division Chair, Speech, Communication and Sign Language
Houston Community College (TX)
Nominator: Kimberly A. Beatty, Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer
Placement: Cuyahoga Community College (OH)
Primary Mentor: Alex Johnson, President (1987-88 ACE Fellow)

Ana Gabriela Rivera Magallanes
Associate Dean for International Affairs
CETYS University (Mexico)
Nominator: Fernando León-García, President (1998-99 ACE Fellow)
Placement: Purdue University Northwest (IN)
Primary Mentor: Thomas L. Keon, Chancellor

Joseph Michael Romero
Chair, Department of Music and Professor of Classics
University of Mary Washington (VA)1
Nominator: Nina Mikhalevsky, Acting Provost
Placement (Fall Semester): San Francisco State University (CA)
Primary Mentor: Leslie E. Wong, President
Placement (Spring Semester): Rutgers University-Newark (NJ)
Primary Mentor: Nancy Cantor, Chancellor

William Michael Salka
Professor of Political Science, Director of the University Honors Program and Coordinator of Accreditation
Eastern Connecticut State University1
Nominator: Elsa Nuñez, President (1985-86 ACE Fellow)
Placement: Trinity College (CT)
Primary Mentor: Joanne Berger-Sweeney, President

Sarah J. Shin
Special Assistant to the Provost for Academic Initiatives
and Professor of Education
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Nominator: Philip Rous, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Placement: University of Maryland Baltimore
Primary Mentor: Jay Perman, President

Frank Shushok
Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Higher Education
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Nominator: Timothy D. Sands, President
Placement: Wake Forest University (NC)
Primary Mentor: Mark Peterson, Vice President for University Advancement

Jorge Sosa Lopez
Dean, College of Engineering and Director, Center of Innovation & Design
CETYS University (Mexico)
Nominator: Fernando León-García, President (1998-99 ACE Fellow)
Placement: St. Cloud State University (MN)
Primary Mentor: Ashish Vaidya, Interim President

Costas Spirou
Senior Associate Provost and Director of Graduate Studies
Georgia College & State University
Nominator: Steve M. Dorman, President
Placement: Georgia Institute of Technology
Primary Mentor: Rafael L. Bras, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Lynn Andrea Stein
Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science and Special Advisor to the Provost
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (MA)1
Nominator: Vincent P. Manno, Provost and Dean of Faculty
Placement: Dartmouth College (NH)
Primary Mentor: Philip J. Hanlon, President

Michelle Curtain Stewart
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Lane College (TN)1
Nominator: Logan C. Hampton, President
Placement: University of Minnesota-Morris
Primary Mentor: Michelle Behr, Chancellor (2005-06 ACE Fellow)

Anastasia L. Urtz
Vice President, Administration & Compliance
Onondaga Community College (NY)
Nominator: Casey Crabill, President
Placement: State University of New York College at Oswego
Primary Mentor: Deborah Stanley, President

T. Alissa Warters
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management; Professor, Department
of Political Science and Geography; and Director of the McNair Center for Research and Service
Francis Marion University (SC)
Nominator: Luther F. Carter, President
Placement: University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Primary Mentor: Marilyn Sheerer. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Angela Webster
Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity
University of Central Arkansas2
Nominator: Steve Runge, Provost/Exec VP Academic Affairs
Placement: University of Memphis (TN)
Primary Mentor: Karen Weddle-West, Provost

Erin L. Webster-Garrett
Director, Scholar-Citizen Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
and Professor, Department of English
Radford University (VA)
Nominator: Joseph Scartelli, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Placement: Southern Connecticut State University
Primary Mentor: Joe Bertolino, President (2010-11 ACE Fellow)

Titles and institutional affiliations of Fellows and Nominators listed above are reflective of the time of application to the ACE Fellows Program.

1 Partial support awarded by the Council of Fellows, the alumni organization of the ACE Fellows Program. The Council
  of Fellows Fund for the Future Institutional Grants are designed to help defray costs associated with participating as
  a nominating/sponsoring institution in the ACE Fellows Program.

2 Partial support awarded by Fidelity Investments®. The Fidelity Invesments Fellowship for Leadership Development
  Institutional Grants 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 American Council on Education® and Fidelity Investments® are independent entities and are not
  legally affiliated. The recipients of the Fidelity Investments Fellowships for Leadership Development Institutional 
  Grants are selected solely by ACE employees. Fidelity employees are not involved, in any way, in determining,
  selecting, or approving any recipients or amount of any award. The selection criteria and guidelines for the award
  may be obtained directly from ACE.

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