The University of New Mexico boasts two in the 2011-12 class of the ACE Fellows Program. The American Council on Education (ACE) selected 50 college and university senior faculty and administrators for this class of the ACE Fellows Program, which includes two sponsored by the F. Marian Bishop Charitable Trust Leadership Program and six from Latin America.

UNM Fellows
Finnie D. Coleman

Special assistant to the provost and director of Africana Studies; and associate professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences

Joy Griffin
Special assistant vice president, Office of Equity and Inclusion; and associate professor of Sport Administration, Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences, College of Education

Established in 1965, the Ace Fellows Program—the longest running leadership development program in the United States—focuses on identifying and preparing senior administrators for the nation's colleges and universities.

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 also conduct projects that will contribute to the institutional capacity of their home institutions. 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.

The 2011-12 class will bring to 1,742 the number of higher education leaders who have participated in the program since its inception. Of those, more than 300 Fellows have gone on to serve as chief executive officers of colleges and universities. In addition, more than 700 have served at the cabinet level and more than 1,100 have served as provosts, vice presidents or deans.

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; e-mail: cgonzal@unm.edu