SEBA Associate Dean Selected for American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship Program

Larisa Genin, Associate Dean, SEBALarisa Genin, associate dean for Undergraduate Programs and Accreditation in the School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA), has been named one of 31 emerging college and university leaders for the 2014-15 class of the ACE Fellows Program. Established in 1965, the ACE (American Council on Education) Fellows Program—the longest running leadership development program in the United States—focuses on identifying and preparing the next generation of senior leadership for the nation's colleges and universities.

"The selection process for the prestigious program is highly competitive and we're very proud that ACE recognized Larisa Genin's leadership qualities as an academic administrator," said Provost Bethami Dobkin. A former ACE Fellow, Dobkin said she believes that Professor Genin will benefit greatly from the ACE Fellowship, which provides fellows with access to an important network of academic leaders and mentoring opportunities with presidents and provosts at a variety of institutions.

"The Fellows program familiarizes participants with every aspect of higher education leadership, covering issues of concern, such as college affordability, diversity and retention at institutions from community colleges to research universities," said Dobkin.

The ACE Fellows Program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, visits to campuses and other higher education-related organizations, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year.

Professor Genin said that she was honored and privileged to have been nominated and chosen as a 2014-2015 ACE Fellow. "During my fellowship, I look forward to learning from top leaders of renowned institutions and bringing back to Saint Mary’s a set of best practices and benchmarks that will help us build upon our strong reputation and profile, especially in the area of student experience and success," she said.

SEBA Dean Zhan Li said he was very pleased to hear the news of Professor Genin's appointment, but he was not surprised. "Her achievements as a scholar and developing administrator in higher education are apparent. She was instrumental in guiding the School of Economics and Business Administration through accreditation with AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and helped advance SEBA's academic reputation as a member of a premier global management education network. She is a remarkable leader and we are proud of her selection."

Nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program since its inception, 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.

“For nearly 50 years, the ACE Fellows Program has transformed lives and cultivated future leaders,” said Joan Wodiska, ACE vice president and chief leadership officer. “The ACE Fellows Program is unique. The program immerses Fellows in learning experiences to gain insight and understanding into the changing environment of higher education.”

During the placement, fellows observe and work with the president and other senior officers at their host institution, attend decision-making meetings and focus on issues of concern on the national higher education landscape. Fellows conduct project research for their home institution and seek to implement their findings upon completion of the fellowship year. Projects have included developing an internationalization process, designing a post-tenure review policy, strategizing to create a teaching-learning center and crafting an initiative to support the academic success of first-generation college students.

The selection of a host institution involves an in-depth matching process, which includes identifying a fellow's professional and personal goals in higher education, the goals of the fellow's home college or university and how those aspirations intersect with the profiles of the hundreds of higher ed institutions across the country that participate in the professional development program. ACE will confer with Genin over the next several weeks and her placement is expected to take place sometime during the summer.