GGC’s Stephens named American Council on Education Fellow

Dr. Jennifer Stephens

Dr. Jennifer Stephens 

The American Council on Education (ACE), recently announced that Dr. Jennifer Stephens, associate vice president of Public Affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College, has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2015-16.
 
The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, 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. Forty-seven Fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.
 
ACE President Molly Corbett Broad noted that the Fellows Program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this academic year, and that over those five decades nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated, with more than 300 Fellows having served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents and deans.
 
“The ACE Fellows Program enters its second half century committed to further growing and strengthening the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program,” Broad said. “The diverse and talented 2015-16 Fellows class embodies why the program has been such a vital contributor to expanding the leadership pipeline for our nation’s colleges and universities.”
 
“The fact that Dr. Stephens was selected to participate in the ACE Fellowship is an acknowledgement of her previous contributions and her future potential as a leader in higher education,” said GGC President Stas Preczewski.  “As a former ACE fellow, I understand the importance of this opportunity both personally and professionally.”
 
“An integral part of the Georgia Gwinnett College ‘start up team’ since July of 2006, Dr. Stephens has been intimately involved in almost every facet of the creation of the institution and its strategic planning. Through the ACE Fellowship experience she will fine-tune her leadership skills and expand her understanding of higher education administration allowing her to take her career to the next level.”  
 
Stephens earned her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education. She holds a master’s of divinity in biblical studies from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in graphic design and a B.A. in psychology from Auburn University. She and her husband, Todd, live in Suwanee, Georgia, with their two children, Jessica and Emily.
 
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 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 and abroad as they work and read extensively in the field and engage in interactive learning opportunities to increase their understanding of higher education challenges and opportunities.
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