August 18, 2011

Dr. George Low Named ACE Fellow at UTA

George Low medAssociate Marketing Professor George Low has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for academic year 2011-12. His fellowship will take place at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he will focus on strengthening the relationship between higher education institutions and students upon receipt of their degrees/certificates.

“Working with UTA President James Spaniolo, and through a series of campus visits to other leading institutions, I hope to learn more about leadership in higher education to better serve TCU when I return,” Dr. Low said.

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. Low was nominated by Chancellor Victor Boschini and selected as one of 50 ACE Fellows from a national competition.

Sharon A. McDade, Director of the ACE Fellows Program, noted that many previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. To date, more than 300 ACE Fellows have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents or deans.

While Dr. Low is at UTA, that university’s associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Education and Health Professions, John B. Buckwalter, will spend his ACE fellowship at TCU, focusing on retention. “I chose TCU because it provides valuable insight into the distinctive environment of a stellar private university that is currently undergoing transformative growth,” Dr. Buckwalter said. “In addition, I was excited by the opportunity to work with and be mentored by the innovative, well-respected, experienced TCU senior administrators.”

According to Dr. McDade, the cross-campus exchange between Drs. Low and Buckwalter is highly unusual. “This is not something the program itself directed—the Fellows individually pursue institutions where they feel they would be best served in their respective projects—so the fact that these professors landed at each other’s campuses suggests that they found their institutions to be similarly aligned with regard to leadership and innovation,” she said.