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ACE Fellowship Awarded to Dr. Anne Balazs

Published March 31, 2014

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Dr. Anne Balazs, Department Head, Marketing

Dr. Anne Balazs, Department
Head, Marketing

Anne L. Balazs, head of the Marketing Department at Eastern Michigan University, is nearing the end of her American Council on Education Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year.

The ACE Fellows program was established in 1965 as a way to strengthen educational institutions by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for key administrative roles in colleges and universities.

Balazs was nominated by EMU President Susan Martin and is one of 48 who were selected for the fellowship.

"I am grateful to President Martin, Provost Schatzel and Deans Tidwell and Higgins for 'loaning me out' for the year," said Balazs. "I plan to bring back new knowledge to EMU and make it work to our advantage."

During her time as an ACE Fellow, Balazs worked with Mary Ellen Mazey, president of Bowling Green State University in the Fall 2013 semester and is currently working with Dr. Lloyd Jacobs at the University of Toledo. Part of her job is to embed herself with the administrative staff by attending meetings, engaging in special projects and sharing her knowledge of higher education.

"This Fellowship allows you to observe leadership in action, to witness the day to day activities of a university administration and to offer your expert opinion on challenging matters," said Balazs. "I've always been a 'big picture' person, so this experience has provided me with an even wider lens and better understanding of operational issues."

Balazs has had the opportunity to work with other fellows on consulting projects, case analyses, Society for College and University certification and multiple visits to college campuses.

"This Fellowship has been a tremendous learning experience," said Balazs. "It has provided me with dozens of examples of higher education institutions and their leaders, as well as some strategy and team building skills."

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