The program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing emerging leaders for senior positions in college and university administration. Fellows were nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, and following a rigorous application process, 47 fellows were selected this year.
“It is an esteemed honor to be selected to join the next cohort of fellows. I am ecstatic about the personal and professional growth that I will experience and am looking forward to contributing to NOVA and the host institution. My primary areas of focus will include student success initiatives, succession planning, legislative advocacy, performance-based funding models, capital campaigning and nontraditional funding streams. Ultimately, I hope this experience will help me to solidify next steps on the career ladder,” said Holt.
In her position at NOVA, Holt oversees strategic planning, enrollment management, space utilization, specialized degree programs, campus outreach, dual enrollment, evening administration, the adjunct office and the Center for Academic Assistance. During her seven-year tenure at the College, she has also served in several interim positions, including provost, dean of learning and technology resources, and dean of students.
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. Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to the nominating or sponsoring institution while spending the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution.
ACE Fellows also attend three retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE and visit campuses and other higher education-related organizations across the United States.
ACE Fellows Program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
“The ACE Fellows Program enters its second half-century committed to further growing and strengthening the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program. The diverse and talented 2015-2016 Fellows class embodies why the program has been such a vital contributor to expanding the leadership pipeline for our nation’s colleges and universities,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad.