UMass Amherst Official Elizabeth Dale Named 1999-2000 ACE Fellow

AMHERST, Mass. - Elizabeth A. Dale, director of business and facilities services at the University of Massachusetts Campus Center/Student Union Complex and an adjunct faculty member in the department of hotel, restaurant, and travel administration, has been named a 1999-2000 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. She is one of 34 Fellows selected this year.

The ACE Fellows program has been strongly supported by Chancellor David K. Scott for over a decade. He says Dale''s appointment is excellent news. "This program identifies and develops the academic leaders of the future," Scott says. "The track record for the program in developing future presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other administrators is outstanding. Elizabeth Dale is the type of campus leader who will both contribute and derive great value through the program."

Since Scott''s arrival at UMass in 1993, the campus has hosted three ACE Fellows: Francisco Marmolejo, executive director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) at the University of Arizona in Tucson; Susan Awbrey, associate provost, Oakland University in Michigan; and Carlos Vargas, assistant dean, research and graduate studies at Kent State University in Ohio. In the 1996-97 academic year, Javier Cevallos, now interim vice chancellor for student affairs at UMass, served as an ACE Fellow at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

The ACE Fellows program, established in 1965, is designed to offer in-depth, comprehensive leadership training for senior faculty and administrators in higher education. The program 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 or other top administrators, and are encouraged to visit other campuses in the U.S. and abroad as well as corporations to broaden their views on leadership and management issues. Fellows are nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions and are selected in a national competition.

Dale says she will explore the issue of improving quality while working with diminishing resources during her fellowship. She will develop her learning program and visit possible host institutions during the next six-to-eight weeks, Dale says. She will spend one academic year at another institution under the fellowship.

Dale says being an ACE Fellow is an opportunity both for her and for the University. "Over the past 20 years, the University has afforded me tremendous career and educational opportunities," Dale says. "Being a member of the 1999-2000 class of ACE Fellows will allow me to devote an entire academic year to understanding the critical leadership issues in higher education. I feel a personal responsibility to maximize this experience to bring this knowledge and new skills back to the University."

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