Mount Union College's Dr. Thomas Botzman Named ACE Fellow

April 22, 2010

David Ward, president of the American Council on Education (ACE), announced today that Dr. Thomas Botzman, professor of economics and business administration at Mount Union College, has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2002-2003.


The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising faculty and senior administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Thirty-seven Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year in a national competition.

Dr. Marlene Ross, director of the Fellows Program, noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the nearly 1,350 participants in the first 37 years of the program, more than 250 have become chief executive officers and nearly 1,000 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans.

"We're extremely pleased with the incoming class," Ross said. "The individuals selected have demonstrated strong leadership ability. The Fellows Program will sharpen and enhance their leadership skills and prepare them to address issues of concern to the higher education community."

Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to the nominating institution while spending time during the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a higher education institution to be named at a later date. The Fellow will be included in the highest level of decision making while participating in administrative activities and contributing to a Leadership Team exploring a project to benefit that particular host institution. During the program, the Fellows will attend three week-long seminars 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 and in the next century.

The American Council on Education is a comprehensive association of the nation's college and universities dedicated to higher education issues and advocacy on behalf of quality higher education programs. Counted among the Council's members are more than 1,800 accredited degree-granting public and private colleges and universities and higher education related associations, organizations and corporations.

Dr. Botzman received his bachelor of science degree in polymer science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He received his master's degree in economics and his doctorate degree in business administration from Kent State University. He joined the faculty at Mount Union College in 1989. He was the recipient of the 1998 Great Teacher Award at the College.

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