Christopher Sindt, Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies, Associate Dean of Liberal ArtsChristopher Sindt, Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies and Associate Dean of Liberal Arts has been named one of 50 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows.

The longest running leadership development program in the United States, the ACE Fellows Program was established in 1965 and focuses on identifying and preparing senior administrators for the nation's colleges and universities.

"I'm honored to participate in the ACE Fellowship program. It provides a unique learning opportunity to gain insight from proven leaders in higher education, and I am excited to bring what I learn back to Saint Mary's," said Sindt.

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 year.

Provost Beth Dobkin said the program offers the premier experience in executive leadership development in the nation."Selection in the program is highly competitive. The appointment of Dr. Sindt as a Fellow speaks to his potential as an academic leader and administrator," said Dobkin.

A former ACE Fellow, Dobkin added the lessons she learned and networks she formed nearly a decade ago as a fellow still serve her well. "I had the opportunity to work with presidents and provosts at a variety of institutions, from large, diverse community colleges to research universities, she said. "The Fellows program familiarizes participants with every aspect of university leadership and immerses them in national conversations about access to and the quality of higher education."

Sindt and the other new fellows were welcomed by the director of the Fellows Program Sharon McDade. "We are eager to embark on this transformational journey with the members of the class of 2011-12," said McDade. She added that the new fellows will benefit from individualized and accelerated learning "that advances leadership readiness while building institutional capacity."

As an ACE Fellow, Sindt will spend much of spring 2012 at the University of California, Davis, where he will be mentored by UC Davis chancellor, Linda Katehi, and provost, Ralph Hexter.

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Michael McAlpin
College Communications

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