Associate Dean Carol Parker has been named a fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) for 2012-2013. The prestigious fellowship is reserved for academic executives nationwide who have been identified as having promising futures in the highest levels of college and university administrations. She was one of 57 fellows chosen after a rigorous application process. All fellows were nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions.

During her fellowship year, Parker will work on issues of concern to the University of New Mexico, while also spending a portion of her time working with a college or university president and other senior officers at another higher education institution.

The ACE Fellows Program also combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities and campus visits 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 about issues of concern to higher education in general, and UNM in particular.

The 2012-13 class will bring to 1,799 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.

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.

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