Dr. Douglas Fiore named 2012-13 ACE Fellow

American Council on Education has selected VSU’s Dr. Douglas Fiore, Professor of Education and Assistant to the Provost for General and Continuing Education, as one of 57 college and university senior faculty and administrators for the 2012-13 class of the ACE Fellows Program.

“I am honored to be selected as an American Council on Education Fellow,” said Dr. Fiore. “The mentoring I will receive here from President Miller and from the President of the institution at which I am placed for the year will position me to provide senior level leadership in various capacities throughout the higher education community.”

Two VSU administrators were previously ACE Fellows: Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. W. Weldon Hill and Associate Provost for Partnerships and Engagement Dr. Muriel Hawkins. Dr. Fiore is the first person to receive the Fellowship while at VSU.

“We are extremely proud of Doug and this tremendous accomplishment,” said VSU President Dr. Keith T. Miller. “The leadership experience he will gain through the ACE Fellowship will provide important personal leadership skills that will not only propel his academic career, but will prove valuable to the VSU colleagues and students with whom he works on a daily basis.”

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program—the longest running leadership development program in the United States—focuses on identifying and preparing senior leadership for the nation’s colleges and universities. The fellows are assigned to work for a year with a senior administrator at another institution, while also attending special educational programs. More than 300 fellows have gone on to become presidents while more than 1,100 have served as provosts, vice presidents or deans.

“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 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.

During the placement, Fellows observe and work with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution, attend decision-making meetings and focus on issues of concern. Fellows conduct projects that will contribute to the institutional capacity of their home campuses. Projects have included developing an internationalization process, designing a post-tenure review practice, strategizing a teaching-learning center and crafting a productivity design to support the academic success of first-generation college students.

The Fellows also engage in leadership and management activities to enhance their knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education.

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