Russell Frohardt Named American Council on Education Fellow
The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Forty-six Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.
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 nearly 1,700 participants in the first 45 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're extremely pleased with the strength of the incoming class," McDade said. "The Fellows Program will sharpen and enhance their leadership skills and their network, and prepare them to address issues of concern to the higher education community."
Frohardt is finishing his seventh year as a professor of psychology and neuroscience at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. He has served as chair of the department of psychology for the past two years. Frohardt received his bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his doctorate from the University of Vermont. He came to St. Edward's University following a postdoctoral fellowship at Dartmouth College. Dr. Frohardt's service as Chair and university committees concerned with student life and governance has led him to pursue additional training as a university administrator, specifically the ACE Fellowship.
Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to the nominating institution while spending the next academic semesterworking 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. The Fellows are included in the highest level of decision making while participating in administrative activities and learning about an issue to benefit St. Edward's University.
Fellows attend three week-long retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE, read extensively in the field and engage in other activities to enhance their knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education today.
Founded in 1918, ACE 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 seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.