Fostering excellence

Apr 11, 2008

Kettering professor Jacqueline El-Sayed has earned a place in the prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) 2008-09 ACE Fellows Program.

Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed ‘86, professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kettering University, has been named to the American Council on Education (ACE) 2008-09 ACE Fellows Program. She was one of 34 college and university senior faculty and administrators selected for the prestigious program.

“I am honored and excited to be chosen for the ACE Fellows program,” said El-Sayed. She was nominated for the program by Dr. Michael Harris, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Kettering, as part of Kettering’s focus on professional development for faculty and staff.

“Enhancing the skills and knowledge of our faculty and staff will allow us to make progress toward achieving the president’s vision,” Harris said. “As an ACE Fellow, Jackie will gain administrative knowledge and a better understanding and appreciation for the challenges facing higher education. That, in return, will enhance our environment of academic excellence,” he added.

She was also highly recommended for the Fellows program by Captain Robert Powers, commanding officer of the Michigan State Police, Traffic Safety Division, who serves with El-Sayed on the Michigan Truck Safety Commission.

“During Dr. El-Sayed’s tenure on the Michigan Truck Safety Commission,” said Powers, “she has been extremely innovative in finding solutions to help improve truck safety in the state, and has invested a lot of her personal time in the commission. I really appreciate and respect her commitment toward promoting the Michigan Truck Safety Commission and making Michiganhighways safer for everyone,” he added.

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program, the longest running leadership development program in the United States, focuses on identifying and preparing senior leadership for the nation’s colleges and universities.

ACE identifies a host university for each of the 2008-2009 Fellows, according to the individual goals for the program of each participant. “The individuals selected have demonstrated strong leadership. The Fellow Program will sharpen and enhance their leadership skills and their network, and prepare them to address issues of concern to the higher education community,” said Sharon A. McDade, director of the Fellows Program. 

The ACE Fellows Program combines seminars, interactive learning opportunities, campus events, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single semester or year.

During the placement, Fellows observe and work with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution, attend decision-making meetings and focus on issues of concern. The Fellows also engage in leadership and management activities to enhance their knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education.

Written by Dawn Hibbard