Fort Lewis College to host ACE Fellow
Fort Lewis College President Tom Stritikus today announced that Eleanor Feingold, Associate Executive Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, will be spending the fall semester on campus as a Fellow guest of the American Council on Education.
Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows program is designed to build institutional and leadership capacity in U.S. higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for leadership positions in college and university administration. Fifty-two scholarship recipients, appointed by the senior management of their institutions, will form the 2021-2022 cohort in colleges and universities across the country.
Feingold will work in person with FLC administration and faculty on student engagement and retention initiatives as well as new academic health science programs. Feingold’s academic expertise covers statistics, genetics and public health.
“Over the past three years, FLC has set out to transform our institution and truly put students at the center of everything we do,” said Stritikus. “Having an ACE Fellow to help us on this path is an invaluable asset to us.”
The ACE Fellows program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, visits to campus and other organizations related to higher education, and a placement at another higher education institution to condense years of experience on field and skill development in a single semester or year.
During the internship, ACE Fellows observe and work with the president and other senior officials of their host institution, attend decision-making meetings, and focus on issues of interest. As an investment institution, FLC will benefit from Feingold’s leadership experience and a fresh perspective on any emerging or ongoing institutional challenges.
I am excited that FLC is an education-focused institution dedicated to serving students, especially diverse students. I hope to learn a lot about how this type of institution works and what makes it successful.
“I am excited that FLC is an education-focused institution dedicated to serving students, especially diverse students,” Feingold says. “I hope to learn a lot about how this type of institution works and what makes it successful.
ACE Fellows also spend time investigating a specific issue of benefits to their nominating institutions for implementation upon returning fellows to campus upon completion of the fellowship placement. Following his FLC scholarship, Feingold will focus on developing and implementing an undergraduate program in public health at the University of Pittsburgh.
“Undergraduate public health was growing exponentially nationwide before the pandemic,” she says. “I want to incorporate analytical and people-centered strategies into the new curriculum, and I hope a semester here helps me move these initiatives forward. “
When not involved in strategic planning with the FLC leadership team or when giving classroom lectures, Feingold plans to take advantage of the limitless hiking and snowshoeing opportunities in southern Colorado.
About ACE and the ACE Fellows Program
Founded in 1918, ACE is the primary coordinating body for all higher education institutions in the country, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and related associations. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policies through advocacy.
Almost 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program over the past five decades, with more than 80 percent of fellows having served as senior leaders of colleges and universities.
“Through the inclusion of fellows and hosts from various types of institutions, the program helps develop a climate of collaboration across sectors and regions,” said Sherri Lind Hughes, ACE Fellows Program Director and Fellow. 2002-03. “I am confident that this diverse and talented group of higher education professionals will help build the leadership capacities needed to solve complex problems and thrive in a changing landscape.