GGC’s Fatzinger selected for prestigious ACE fellowship

Dr. Jim Fatzinger, Georgia Gwinnett College’s associate vice president for Student Affairs, has been selected to participate in a prestigious, nationally recognized training system aimed at sharpening leadership skills through first-hand experience.

Dr. Jim Fatzinger, Georgia Gwinnett College’s associate vice president for Student Affairs, has been selected to participate in a prestigious, nationally recognized training system aimed at sharpening leadership skills through first-hand experience.

Fatzinger is part of the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program for 2011-2012. Acceptance as an ACE Fellow reflects highly on Fatzinger’s demonstrated academic credentials and recognized potential as an administrative leader.

The ACE Fellows Program is noted as the nation’s only individualized, long-term professional development program in higher education.

For up to one academic year, Fatzinger will be mentored by a president or senior administrator at another institution of higher learning. Through observation and participation, he will develop strategic planning and leadership insights regarding all aspects of how administrators direct colleges and universities.

“This is a highly selective program,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “We nominated Jim for a fellowship and are very proud that he was selected. While he is already a skilled leader, we look forward to the new insights and perspectives he will bring home to GGC when he completes the program.”

Fatzinger also will be tasked with completing special assignments and program projects. His other training opportunities will include attending national seminars, campus and corporate visits and networking sessions with leaders in higher education.

Completing the ACE Fellows Program will play a vital role in giving Fatzinger more of the knowledge and skills needed to propel him toward fulfilling a key role in advanced academic leadership. Since the program’s launch in 1965, more than 300 of the 1,600 Fellows’ graduates have become academic executive leaders; another 1,100 have held senior positions. 

Fatzinger received his doctorate of education from Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development in Nashville, Tenn., and his MBA and BBA from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.  In addition to serving as the associate vice president for Student Affairs at GGC, he is an assistant professor in the School of Business.

He has completed post-graduate work in history, politics and society at the University of Oxford in England. He also completed the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.

Fatzinger has options about the length of time and periods during which he will be away from GGC.  In his absence, Tomas Jimenez, dean of students, is serving as acting associate vice president of Student Affairs.

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