N.C. State to Host ACE Fellow Kyle Dell
Associate Professor of Political Science Kyle Dell will spend the upcoming academic year at N.C. State University as an American Council on Education Fellow.
N.C. State Provost Warwick Arden will serve as Kyle’s primary mentor; the university’s president, William R. Woodson, will serve as a secondary mentor.
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.
Fifty fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year in a national competition. 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 and universities and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents, or deans.
A faculty member at Guilford since 2003, Kyle earned his bachelor’s at Kalamazoo College and his master’s and doctorate at Boston College. His teaching and research interests include American environmental, presidential and constitutional politics. He is committed to professional and community scholarship along with scholarship.
In addition to serving as the chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies division at Guilford, Kyle serves on the Executive Committee and Founding Board of Project Vote Smart, the country’s leading non-partisan voter information organization. He has traveled to New Zealand, Cuba, Ecuador and Italy through Guilford’s study abroad programs. In 2007, Kyle traveled to Jakarta and Medan in Indonesia through a U.S. State Department program to promote, sustain and strengthen democracy and environmental protection.
Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to the nominating institution while spending all or part of the next academic year working 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 of benefit to their home institution.
“We are pleased to launch this new class of fellows,” said Margarita Benítez, interim director of ACE’s Emerging Leaders Group and the ACE Fellows Program.
“The members of the class of 2013-14 are a talented, diverse group ready to take advantage of a program that will strengthen their leadership skills and prepare them to tackle a wide array of higher education issues, while at the same time building institutional capacity.”
Fellows attend three week-long retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE, read extensively in the field, and engage in other activities to advance 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 provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy.
“I am grateful to serve as Guilford’s first ACE Fellow and for the support provided to empower faculty to develop administrative capacity through engagement with a variety of institutions and leaders in higher education,” Kyle said.
“Guilford stands at a critical point not only in its history, but in the future of higher education generally. Understanding how we address these challenges, while also remaining true stewards at Guilford, represents a core goal of my fellowship year.”