ACE Names Wellman to Fellows Program

Dean Wellman will join 31 other emerging college and university leaders to participate in the most effective, comprehensive leadership development program in American higher education today.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook) ACE has selected Rollins’ Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Professor of Education Debra Wellman as one of 31 emerging college and university leaders for the 2014-15 class of the ACE Fellows Program. Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program—the longest running leadership development program in the United States—focuses on identifying and preparing the next generation of senior leadership for the nation’s colleges and universities.

Nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program since its inception, with more than 300 Fellows having served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents, and deans.

According to Wellman, “ACE Fellows Program is a unique blend of internship and intense learning. I’m looking forward to experiencing another campus, shadowing a college president, and attending several retreats with the other Fellows. In many ways, the retreats seem to be structured like doctoral courses—we have readings, exercises, assignments on Blackboard, and discussions with the cohort. I look forward to returning to Rollins in a year after such an amazing learning experience.”

During the placement, Fellows observe and work with the president and other senior officers at their host institution, attend decision-making meetings, and focus on issues of concern. Fellows conduct projects of pressing concern for their home institution and seek to implement their findings upon completion of the fellowship year. Projects have included developing an internationalization process, designing a post-tenure review policy, strategizing to create a teaching-learning center, and crafting an initiative to support the academic success of first-generation college students.

At the conclusion of the fellowship year, Fellows return to their home institution with new knowledge and skills that contribute to capacity-building efforts. Wodiska noted the diversity of this year’s Fellows Program participants, by gender, race/ethnicity, institution type and disciplinary background.