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UT Arlington educator named American Council on Education Fellow

Monday, August 1, 2011

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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis

ARLINGTON - A University of Texas at Arlington professor is one of 50 educators selected in a national competition this year to be an ACE Fellow. 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.

John Buckwalter

John Buckwalter

John Buckwalter, associate dean for research and graduate studies in UT Arlington’s College of Education and Health Professions, was named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2011-12. His fellowship will take place at Texas Christian University, where he will focus on retention.

“I chose TCU because it provides valuable insight into the distinctive environment of a stellar private university that is currently undergoing transformative growth,” Buckwalter said. “In addition, I was excited by the opportunity to work with and be mentored by the innovative, well-respected, experienced senior administrators that TCU currently has in place.”

George Low, associate professor and chair of the marketing department at TCU’s Neeley School of Business, was also named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2011-12. His fellowship will take place at UT Arlington, where he will focus on strengthening the relationship between higher education institutions and students upon receipt of their degrees/certificates.

“Working with UT Arlington President James Spaniolo and through a series of campus visits to other leading institutions, I hope to learn more about leadership in higher education and prepare to better serve TCU when I return,” Low said.

Sharon McDade, 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.

According to McDade, the cross-campus exchange between Drs. Low and Buckwalter is highly unusual.

“This is not something the program itself directed—the Fellows follow our process to individually pursue institutions where they feel they would be best served in their respective projects—so the fact that these Fellows landed at each other’s campuses suggests that the Fellows found their institutions to be similarly aligned with regard to leadership and innovation,” she said.

ACE is the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities, and advocates on higher-education issues in Washington and around the world.

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