UMass Amherst Nominates Elizabeth Dale to be Selected as ACE Fellow

AMHERST, Mass. - Elizabeth Dale, director of business and facilities services of the University of Massachusetts Campus Center/Student Union Complex and an adjunct faculty member in the department of hotel, restaurant, and travel administration at the University, has been nominated for the 1999-2000 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows program. About 30-35 persons are accepted for the program each year.

This is the second time the campus has sent nominees to the program. The first time was in 1995, when Javier Cevallos, now interim vice chancellor for student affairs, and Maria Tymoczko, professor of comparative literature, were nominated. Cevallos subsequently served as an ACE Fellow at Wesleyan University in the 1996-97 school year.

The ACE Fellows program, launched in 1965, is designed to provide in-depth, comprehensive leadership development for senior faculty and administrators in higher education. To date, it has provided professional development experience for more than 1,200 individuals. Fellows attend three required week-long seminars, spend time on another campus being mentored by the president and other experienced administrators, and are encouraged to visit other campuses in the U.S. and abroad as well as corporations to broaden their perspectives on leadership and management issues.

Before accepting her current position in 1996, Dale was director of conference services at UMass from 1983-95. Earlier, from 1979-83, she was marketing coordinator of auxiliary services at UMass. She has a B.S. degree from Montclair (N.J.) State University, and holds two degrees from UMass, an M.P.A. and an Ed.D.

Dale said her career goal is to enter a senior-level leadership role at an institution of higher education, and that winning the fellowship would provide her with "an intensive learning experience with exposure to the most current thinking and best practices in higher education management."

Chancellor David K. Scott said the ACE Fellows program benefits both the fellows and their participating institutions. "The program plays an important part in helping us develop linkages with other institutions and helping us network with other institutions on a variety of strategic planning issues," he said. Since Scott''s arrival at UMass in 1993, the campus has hosted three ACE Fellows.

All applications will be screened this fall. On the basis of this screening, semi-finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. in late January and early February for interviews. Final selections based on the interviews will be announced in March.