Redlands, Calif. (PRWEB) September 04, 2014
Ralph Kuncl, President of University of Redlands, announced today that Steven Bachrach of Trinity University, a 2014-15 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, will spend the full academic year at Redlands.
“Selection as a host institution is a sign of the outstanding reputation and commitment to excellence at the University of Redlands. An ACE Fellow chooses an institution for the quality of its mentors, its rigorous academic environment, high-quality efforts to educate students, and willingness to invest in the future of higher education senior leadership,” said Margarita Benítez, interim assistant vice president of ACE’s Emerging Leaders Group and the ACE Fellows Program.
The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutional capacity and build leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Thirty-one Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year in a national competition. Nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program since its inception, with more than 300 Fellows having served as chief executive officers of colleges and universities and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents, or deans.
Steven Bachrach is the Dr. D. R. Semmes Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Vice-President for Special Projects at Trinity University in San Antonio TX. Trinity is a respected peer university, ranked #1 among regional western universities by USNews. His research interests are in computational organic chemistry where he has published over 120 articles and is the author of the monograph Computational Organic Chemistry. Steven has been involved in exploring the use of the Internet as a means for chemistry communication since 1994. He has organized electronic conferences, edited the book The Internet: A Guide for Chemists, and was the founder and editor-in-chief of the pioneering journal Internet Journal of Chemistry. As vice-chair of the Faculty Senate (2002-2004) he worked on faculty compensation, a day care initiative, and served on the Budget Advisory Committee to the President. His major committee work included co-chairing the Science and Engineering Facility Planning Committee that led to the just completed Center for the Sciences and Innovation, chairing the ad-hoc faculty committee to revise the annual merit evaluation process, and serving on the Commission for Tenure and Promotion. He authored the Trinity University Open Access policy, and with its approval by the faculty in 2007, Trinity became the first primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) to adopt such a policy. As an ACE Fellow, Steven will observe and work with President Kuncl, Provost David Fite, and his cabinet at University of Redlands for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to the nominating/sponsoring institution while spending all or part of the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution. 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. The Fellows are included in the highest level of decision-making while participating in administrative activities at their host institutions. Time is also spent learning about a specified issue of benefit to their host institutions for implementation upon the Fellows’ return to campus at the conclusion of the Fellowship year.
“We are pleased to launch this new class of Fellows,” added Benítez. “The members of the class of 2014-15 are a talented, diverse group eager to strengthen their leadership skills and prepare to tackle a wide array of higher education issues, while at the same time building institutional capacity via participation in the ACE Fellows Program.”
Fellows attend three retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE, read extensively in the field, and engage in other activities to advance their knowledge about the current and future challenges and opportunities confronting higher education.
Founded in 1918, ACE (http://www.acenet.edu) is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy.