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Harpur associate dean named ACE Fellow
August 24, 2015Tweet
The American Council on Education (ACE) has announced that Anna Addonisio, senior associate dean for administration of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2015-16. Her host institution will be the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The ACE Fellows Program was established in 1965 to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing emerging leaders for senior positions in college and university administration. Addonisio is one of 41 fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, selected this year following a rigorous application process.
“The ACE Fellows Program provides participants with experiences and perspectives that they bring back to their home institutions,” President Harvey Stenger said. “This is a growth opportunity for Anna as she discovers best practices that will benefit Binghamton University when she returns.”
Addonisio said she is honored to be offered a fellowship with the American Council on Education.
“Higher education in the United States and the world is changing as the needs of the country and the world grow, and social priorities shift,” she said. “This is a rare opportunity to acquire knowledge and further develop leadership skills from universities in the U.S. and around the world. Engagement with these universities will provide a forum to highlight the great things that are happening here at Binghamton and share some of our best practices.
“As an ACE Fellow, I plan on bringing these experiences, skills and knowledge back with me and put them to good use when I return to Binghamton.”
A certified public accountant, Addonisio earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting as well as her MBA from Binghamton University, and also completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.
She came to Binghamton University in 1999 as director of finance and planning for the Division of Administration, and in 2007 joined Harpur College as associate dean for administration. She was promoted to her current position in 2013.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this academic year, the ACE Fellows Program has supported nearly 2,000 higher education leaders, with more than 300 fellows having served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents and deans.
“The ACE Fellows Program enters its second half century committed to further growing and strengthening the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program,” ACE President Molly Corbett Broad said. “The diverse and talented 2015-16 fellows class embodies why the program has been such a vital contributor to expanding the leadership pipeline for our nation’s colleges and universities.”
The ACE Fellows Program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single semester or year. Addonisio will work as a member of the UMass Amherst senior staff on coordinating the work of multiple schools, academic affairs services and administrative functions to achieve the university’s strategic mission while respecting the unique missions of the schools and divisions.
Addonisio’s specific goals will be to develop a university perspective that integrates financial planning and resource development into a strategic plan; learn about cost control and strategic spending to strengthen institutional infrastructure; diversify and enhance recruitment and retention of faculty, students and staff; participate in global collaborations that transcend geographic and intellectual boundaries; and develop partnerships with local, state, national and international communities.
ACE Fellows also attend three retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE and visit campuses and other higher education-related organizations across the United States and abroad as they work to read extensively in the field and engage in interactive learning opportunities to increase their understanding of higher education challenges and opportunities.
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. For more information, visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.