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An ACE Fellow Joins the Mount

HarknessEmmitsburg, Maryland – Mount St. Mary’s University welcomes Suzan J. Harkness, Ph.D. an associate professor of Political Science and assistant dean at the University of the District of Columbia to the Mount as part of the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program.  Dr. Harkness will spend the 2012-13 academic year at the Mount and will focus on the administrative side of running a liberal arts university.

“I selected Mount St. Mary’s because it is a dynamic small faith-based liberal arts institution, much like the type of institution I see myself leading in the not too distant future. I aspire to be part of a small-campus experience where as president or senior leader, I know students by name as well as the faculty who facilitate learning. I see campuses of this size being an integrative learning community where we thrive together and support the educative successes of all,” says Dr. Harkness .  “Mount St. Mary’s is beautifully positioned and offers this type of experience. There is a rich closeness and warmth that was immediately apparent from the first moment I stepped on campus; as such, it was clearly the right place to learn about university leadership and success.”

Dr. Harkness presently serves as the Assistant Dean Learning Resources Division and Director of the Center for Academic Technology at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC.  She earned her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Hawaii in 2000;  certificates in Leadership and Intercultural Curriculum Development from the East-West Center; Higher Education Management from the Peabody School, Vanderbilt University; and Experiential Education, from Northeastern University and the National Society of Experiential Education. Her Master’s degree was received from U.S. International University and a bachelor’s of science from the University of Wisconsin. 

The American Council on Education (ACE) has selected 54 college and university senior faculty and administrators for the 2012-13 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 senior leadership for the nation's colleges and universities.

During the placement, Fellows observe and work with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution, attend decision-making meetings and focus on issues of concern. Fellows conduct projects that will contribute to the institutional capacity of their home campuses. Projects have included developing an internationalization process, designing a post-tenure review practice, strategizing a teaching-learning center and crafting a productivity design to support the academic success of first-generation college students.

The Fellows also engage in leadership and management activities to enhance their knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education.

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