De Abruña Named ACE Fellow

The American Council on Education has named Laura de Abruña, associate professor of English, as an ACE fellow for the academic year 1998-99, one of just 34 fellows selected this year.

The ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising faculty and staff members for responsible positions in administration.

Each ACE fellow focuses on an issue of concern to the nominating institution while spending an academic year working with a president and other senior officers at a host institution. De Abruña is researching potential host institutions; her work will focus on budget, technology, and faculty development resources. "This program will help me serve the College when I return with a perspective that faculty members don't have time to get on a day-to-day basis," she says.

A member of the Ithaca faculty since 1983, de Abruña holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an A.B. degree from Smith College. Before joining the Ithaca College faculty she taught at UNC, Chapel Hill; the University of Texas at Austin; and Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan.

Of the 1,181 participants in the ACE Fellows Program's first 32 years, more than 200 have become chief executive officers and nearly 700 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans.  

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