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Loyola's Judith Hunt named as American Council on Education Fellow

August 5, 2011

Judith Hunt, Ph.D., the associate dean for the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences at Loyola University New Orleans, has been selected to be an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2011-12 academic year.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutional capacity and build leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Fifty Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year in a national competition.

“The American Council on Education is among the oldest and largest networks for higher education and it’s an honor just to be nominated for the fellowship. This is a wonderful learning opportunity for me and I’m very excited to have been selected,” said Hunt. “Being an ACE Fellow is a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of the innovations and the current challenges in higher education.”

Sharon A. McDade, Ed.D., director of the ACE Fellows Program, noted that most previous fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the more than 1,700 participants in the first 46 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 are excited to welcome the new class of fellows,” said McDade. “The program offers individualized, accelerated learning that advances leadership readiness while building institutional capacity. We are eager to embark on this transformational leadership journey with the members of the class of 2011-12.”

Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to the nominating institution while spending all or part of the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution. 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 semester or year. As a Fellow, Hunt will be included in the highest level of decision making while participating in administrative activities and learning about an issue of benefit to Loyola University.

“I will be working with a wide-range of faculty, staff and administrators, examining different perspectives and current ideas about best practices in undergraduate education and bringing that knowledge back to Loyola for our benefit,” Hunt said. “I am excited to be working with colleagues from all over the world and gaining new insights and learning about issues in higher ed that I’ve never addressed before. The better I understand these issues, the more I can do for the faculty, staff and students here at Loyola.”

Fellows attend three week-long retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE, read extensively in the field, and engage in other activities to advance their knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education today.

Founded in 1918, ACE (www.acenet.edu) 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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