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Rafalson Named ACE Fellow for 2018-2019

Rafalson Named ACE Fellow for 2018-2019

Buffalo, New York - March 21, 2018 - Lisa Rafalson, PhD, chair and associate professor of the Health Services Administration department, has been named to the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship Program for the 2018-2019 academic year.

“I’m so honored to have been selected to participate in this prestigious program,” said Rafalson. “I’m looking forward to learning new ideas, networking with colleagues across the nation, and bringing back new knowledge and skills to D’Youville.”

The American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program seeks to develop the leadership ability of individuals who have the capacity to rise to senior leadership in colleges and universities. The fellowship condenses years of learning about higher education and leadership into a single year as Fellows return home with cutting-edge knowledge of higher education issues.

Fellows are immersed in the culture, policies, and decision-making processes of another institution, shadowing its leaders throughout the year. At her host institution – which will be announced at a later date – Rafalson will observe and participate in key meetings and events, and take on special projects and assignments. The program also involves retreats, interactive learning opportunities and visits to other campuses or higher education-related organizations.

Nominated by their home institutions’ presidents, D’Youville President Lorrie Clemo, PhD, is proud to see one of D’Youville’s own be selected.

“The ACE Fellowship is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for future academic leaders,” said Clemo. “I was pleased to nominate Dr. Rafalson for this developmental opportunity and extremely gratified that Lisa was selected from an extensive field of candidates. Lisa brings a wealth of experience to the ACE Fellowship role, providing strategic leadership in the planning and implementation of high quality health services administration programs for faculty and students at D’Youville.”

“I’m so thankful to have the support of Lorrie Clemo, and (Dean of the School of Health Professions) Dr. Maureen Finney,” Rafalson added.

With this customized learning experience, the ACE Fellows Program ensures that participants are ready to take on real-world challenges and serve the capacity-building needs of their own institutions.

“I am confident that Dr. Rafalson will bring energy, vision, and dedication to further strengthening D’Youville and its ties to other colleges, universities and partners across the nation as a result of her ACE fellowship experience,” added Clemo.

The American Council on Education is the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities. As the only organization that represents presidents from all sectors, ACE is the key point of contact on higher education matters for congressional staff and members of the executive branch at relevant federal agencies.

Since 1965, nearly 2,000 vice presidents, deans, department chairs, faculty, and other emerging leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program with more than 80 percent having served as chief executive officers, chief academic officers, deans, and other cabinet level positions.

Visit the American Council on Education website to see the full list of the 2018-2019 ACE Fellows.


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