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National fellowship awarded to EMU educators

YPSILANTI ­­- Eastern Michigan University's Gersham Nelson, department head, history and philosophy, and Lynette Findley, director of the Holman Learning Center, have been named American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows for the 2004-2005 academic year.

The national program combines seminars, interactive learning opportunities and placement at another higher education institution to provide extensive on-the-job experience and skills development during a semester or year. During the placement, Nelson and Findley will work with a college or university president and other senior officers at host institutions, focusing on issues of concern.

"The ACE Fellowship program provides an exceptional opportunity for individuals like Drs. Nelson and Findley to broaden their administrative experiences and their institutional perspectives. They learn how differing institutional cultures influence decision-making and they have the opportunity to reflect on best practices in higher education. The program can genuinely help the Fellows more to responsible positions of leadership," said Paul Schollaert, EMU provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Nelson, of Canton, will be mentored in higher education administration by Gregory Geoffroy, president; Iowa State University (ISU), and Benjamin Allen, ISU provost.

"I will learn how different colleges and universities deal with a wide range of challenges. I hope that knowledge will contribute to EMU's operation, particularly in the areas of institutional planning and resource allocation," said Nelson.

Findley will work with legislators, establish town-and-gown relationships, and learn fundraising and development skills as she shadows Marvalene Hughes, president of California State University-Stanislaus. Findley will also accompany Hughes to Beijing, China, to attend a conference for university women presidents.

"I'm very honored to have been nominated and chosen for this fellowship. This is a great experience and a chance of a lifetime that connects me with so many leaders." said Findley, of Ypsilanti. "My goal is to advance to the next level of administration."

During the year, Nelson will participate in seminars, conferences and campus visits associated with strategic planning, and resource allocation and assessment. He also will assist ISU with its self-study for re-accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nelson and Findley join the growing number of EMU faculty and staff who have been ACE fellows, including Donald Loppnow, senior executive for strategic planning and continuous improvement; Martha Tack, senior executive for presidential initiatives; and Denise Tanguay, associate dean for the College of Business.

With more than 1,600 member institutions, the American Council on Education is the major coordinating body for higher education in the United States. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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