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An administrator from the University of Florida will spend three months at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, working with campus administration to learn about university leadership as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.

Kelli McCormack BrownKelli McCormack Brown, the associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of health education and behavior in the College of Health and Human Performance, will arrive at UT later this month for a four-week stint. She’ll return for another eight weeks in the spring.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to build leadership in American higher education by preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for positions in college and university administration. Fifty fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected in this year’s national competition. These fellows will participate in 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.

Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program, said it is also an honor for an institution to be chosen to host a fellow.

“Selection as a host institution is a mark of the prestige,” she said. “An ACE fellow has selected [UT Knoxville] for its unique learning opportunities and the quality work that it is doing in educating students.”

Of the more than 1,700 participants in the first forty-six years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans.