Gail Mellow, President Of LaGuardia Community College, Wins 2017 TIAA Institute Hesburgh Award

Gail O. Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College, is the winner of the 2017 TIAA Institute Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence, one of the most prestigious awards in academia. Named in honor of Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. (1917-2015), former president of the University of Notre Dame and a world-renowned educator and humanitarian, the award recognizes outstanding leadership on the part of a college or university president or chancellor.

John Lewis Receives John Hope Franklin Award

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) received the 2017 John Hope Franklin Award Monday evening at a reception hosted by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. The legendary congressman was joined by two other recipients of the 2017 Franklin medal—Wilma J. Roscoe and Samuel L. Myers—who were recognized for their work as “longtime guiding forces” behind the National Association for Equal Opportunity, the umbrella advocacy group for historically black colleges and universities.

UVA President Teresa Sullivan Discusses Campus Free Speech in ACE2017 Atwell Plenary

Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, gave the keynote address at the Robert H. Atwell Plenary at ACE2017. A sociologist and nationally recognized higher education leader, Sullivan became UVA’s first female president when she took office in August 2010.

ACE2017: Leadership in a Changing World

ACE2017, the Council’s 99th Annual Meeting, wrapped up on Tuesday, March 14 in Washington, DC. Along with leadership in a changing world, the meeting also addressed issues related to higher education leadership, equity and social justice, and innovation, and ACE staff have posted blogs covering a selection of these sessions and events. Also included is a selection of videos from ACE2017 plenary sessions.

USF System President Judy Genshaft Urges Women to Keep Climbing at Women’s Leadership Dinner

“Never give up, keep climbing and stay focused.” Three seemingly simple pieces of advice, but words that are a testament to the many years of dedication to women and higher education by USF System President Judy Genshaft, the 2017 recipient of the Donna Shavlik award.

Innovation Doesn’t Need to be Shrouded in Secrecy

How do you bridge the realities facing your institution with the real need for a future vision? Such was the question posed by Rick Staisloff, principal of RPK Group, to a group of college and university presidents at ACE2017. The answer isn’t easy, and it’s often a glaring omission of college and university innovation efforts. Without it, faculty and staff might view efforts at change with skepticism, and they aren’t necessarily wrong to do so.

The ACE Fellows Program: Considering the Move From Faculty to Administration

Faculty member or administrator? Rob Deemer, member of the ACE Fellows Class of 2016-17, says maybe both: Leadership development programs can add to your career options rather than make you abandon the academic discipline you love.

Between Scylla and Charybdis: Navigating the Cost of College

Even with its long-term benefits understood, the challenges for many households to afford college make it clear that the current model cannot simply continue without strategic innovation, writes Geoffrey Brackett, executive vice president of Marist College.

ACE Report Calls for Breadth of Opportunity and Perspective in Leadership Development Work

A new report finds that the ACE Fellows Program distinctive and intensive nominator-driven mentorship model delivers on its commitment to develop knowledge and skills for aspiring senior leaders in higher education.

Entity Magazine Explores the Higher Education Presidential Gender Gap

A recent piece in Entity Magazine asks an important question: Why is the number of female university presidents still so low? Through interviews with ACE President Molly Corbett Broad and others, the piece explores some of the reasons why women have struggled to ascend to the top higher education leadership position.

The Power of the ACE Fellows Program: Preparing Leaders to Serve

Sherri Lind Hughes, a former member of the ACE Fellows Program and now the director of the program itself, writes on the power of the program to prepare leaders in higher education.

Women’s March on Washington: Where Do We Go From Here?

California State University, San Marcos, President Karen Haynes on the implications of the women’s march and higher education.