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June 12, 2019

The application for the 2020-21 Class of the ACE Fellows Program is now open

 How far can the ACE Fellows Program take you? Joe Bertolino, president of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) and member of the 2010-11 class of Fellows, thinks the answer is pretty far. 

“I can say with certainty that I am a university president today because of the superior mentorship I received as part of the ACE Fellows Program. Without a doubt, the Fellows Program positioned me to be a better president, professional, and person in the service of students,” Bertolino said.

Bertolino participated in the ACE Fellows Program while he was vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Queens College in New York. His participation in the program helped him land his first CEO role as president of Lyndon State College in Vermont. He has been serving as SCSU’s president since 2016. 

The application for the 2020-21 Class of Fellows is now open. Individuals and institutions can participate in three ways: as a Fellow, as a nominator, or as a mentor. Each option affords valuable opportunities for professional and institutional development. For more information, click here.

This unique program condenses years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year. As a result, it is the most effective, comprehensive leadership development program in American higher education today. Of the nearly 2,000 Fellows to date, more than 80 percent have served as chief executive officers, chief academic officers, other cabinet level positions, and deans.​

Fellows Class of 2015-16 member Kenya Ayers, who will begin serving as president of Tarrant County College Northeast on July 1, agrees wholeheartedly with Bertolino's assessment of the program. 

“The fellowship experience validated my ability to lead at the highest levels within the academy and allowed me to see future possibilities with great clarity,” she said. 

The 2019-20 class was announced in March of this year. Click here to see the members of the class, which will kick off work this fall.

The application process is lengthy and requires extensive preparation, so consider starting your nomination or application early. For additional information, or to speak to a staff person, please email us at​ or call 202-939-9376.

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