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Two BW Faculty Members Named ACE Fellows

Two members of the Baldwin Wallace University faculty are among the 57 educators selected as American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows for the 2012-13 academic year, according to Molly Corbett Broad, ACE president.

Lisa Henderson, professor and director of undergraduate programs in education, and Melvin Unger, professor of music and director of BW’s Riemenschneider Bach Institute, will dedicate the coming year to working with the president and other senior officers at a yet-to-be-identified college or university on an issue of particular interest to BW. Henderson and Unger are the only two Ohio faculty members selected this year as ACE Fellows.

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. The Fellows are included in the highest level of decision making while participating in administrative activities and learning situations.

Program Offers Accelerated Learning

"We are excited to welcome the new class of Fellows," said Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program. "The program offers individualized, accelerated learning that advances leadership readiness while building institutional capacity. We are eager to embark on this transformational journey with the members of the class of 2012-13."

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. The winners were nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions and selected following a rigorous application process.

Many Fellows Move on to Take on Advanced Leadership Roles

Most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration, according to McDade. Of the more than 1,700 participants in the first 47 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans. 

“We’re extremely pleased with the strength of the incoming class,” McDade said. “The Fellows Program will sharpen and enhance their leadership skills and their network, and prepare them to address issues of concern to the higher education community.”

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.


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