October 16, 2014

UM to host American Council on Education Fellow

MONTEVALLO—The American Council on Education (ACE) has selected the University of Montevallo to serve as host institution to Dr. Robert H. McNamara, a 2014-2015 ACE Fellow. McNamara, associate provost and dean of the graduate college at The Citadel, will spend 12 weeks during the academic year on the UM campus.

“Selection as a host institution is a sign of the outstanding reputation and commitment to excellence at the University of Montevallo. An ACE Fellow chooses an institution for its rigorous academic environment, high-quality efforts to educate students and willingness to invest in the future of higher education senior leadership,” said Margarita Benítez, interim assistant vice president of ACE’s Emerging Leaders Group and the ACE Fellows Program.

Instituted in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutional capacity and build leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. During the academic year, Fellows attend three retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE, read extensively in the field and engage in other activities to advance their knowledge about the current and future challenges and opportunities confronting higher education.

McNamara, who holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University, is one of 31 Fellows selected this year in a national competition. His teaching and scholarship have focused on criminal justice. He is the author or co-author of 25 books and edited collections, and he has written numerous peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Suzanne Ozment, provost and vice president for academic affairs at UM, said, “The University of Montevallo is proud to participate in the ACE Fellows program by hosting Dr. McNamara on campus this year. Given his stellar credentials and extensive experience, we will undoubtedly benefit as much from the association as he will.”

As an ACE Fellow, McNamara will focus on an issue of concern to The Citadel, his sponsoring institution, while working with Dr. John W. Stewart III, president of the University of Montevallo, and other senior officers at UM. A number of activities related to the program will condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year. As a Fellow, he will observe the highest level of decision-making while participating in administrative activities at UM. His time will also be spent helping to address one or more specified issues of benefit to the University of Montevallo during the Fellowship year.

UM President John W. Stewart stated, “We are pleased that ACE has chosen Montevallo as a site for its Fellows program. Dr. McNamara brings valuable experience to our campus and serves a fine institution in The Citadel. His time with us represents a wonderful opportunity for us to learn from each other and also to expand our reputation around the country.”