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Story by:  Rebecca Luther
Communications Coordinator, Office of the Provost

Program sharpens leadership skills, prepares participants to address higher education issues

Alan Shoho, professor in the Department of Education Leadership and Policy Studies, has been named an American Council on Education Fellow for 2012–2013.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Shoho is one of 57 Fellows selected this year.

Shoho joined UTSA in 1994 and has served on the University Assembly, the Faculty Senate and as chair of the University Faculty Grievance Committee. He served two terms as graduate adviser of record and initiated the ELPS Scholarship Golf Tournament, which is now in its tenth year. In 2010, he was recognized with the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for University Service. Shoho also was a driving force behind UTSA's membership in the University Council for Educational Administration, and he served as president of that group in 2010. His research targets aspiring principals and assistant principals, high school reform, and organizational cultures.

“Alan Shoho is truly deserving of this recognition and I applaud his opportunity. He has proven to be an effective and inspiring leader at the departmental, college, and university levels.” said Betty Merchant, dean of the College of Education and Human Development.

The ACE Fellows Program combines 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. The Fellows are included in the highest level of decision making while participating in administrative activities and learning about an issue to benefit their home institution. Shoho plans to spend one semester at a host institution and one semester working directly under Provost John Frederick, who sponsored his nomination for the program.

Fellows attend three week-long retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE, read extensively in the field and engage in other activities to enhance their knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education today.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of participating as an ACE Fellow,” Shoho said. “My goal is to use this opportunity to learn more about higher education leadership and effective initiatives to foster UTSA’s aspirations toward becoming a Tier One research institution.”

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.

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