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Shepherd's Colleen Nolan named an ACE Fellow

ISSUED: 3 April 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd's Colleen Nolan named an ACE Fellow)

Shepherdstown, WV--Dr. Colleen Nolan, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Shepherd University, has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2012-13 by the American Council on Education.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Fifty-seven Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.

"We are proud that Dr. Nolan has been selected for this highly competitive program," said Shepherd University President Suzanne Shipley. "The ACE Fellows experience will shape and refine her already impressive management abilities and will provide Shepherd with enhanced academic leadership, as she brings her new skills and insights back to our campus."

"Dr. Nolan has proven herself to be a talented academic administrator in her dual roles as dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and co-director of the Shepherd University Research Corporation which has brought thousands of dollars to Shepherd in grants for research and scientific equipment," said Dr. Richard Helldobler, vice president for academic affairs at Shepherd.

Nolan became dean at Shepherd in July 2009 after serving five years as the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at St. Mary's University in Texas, where she had served as a faculty member since 1991. At the University of Michigan, Nolan was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Environmental and Industrial Health (1990-91) and a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (1988-1990). Nolan earned a bachelor of science degree in animal science from Washington State University, a master of science degree in animal science from the University of Idaho, and a Ph.D. in physiology of reproduction and growth from Texas A&M University.

Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program, noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the more than 1,700 participants in the first 47 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans.

The Fellows are included in the highest level of decision making while participating in administrative activities and learning about an issue to benefit their home institution. During her one-semester fellowship, Nolan will focus on studying best practices associated with assessing faculty workload or another area of concern to Shepherd University.

Fellows attend three weeklong retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE, read extensively in the field, and engage in other activities to enhance their knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education today.

Founded in 1918, ACE 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.

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