American Council on Education fellow Jacqueline Swansinger is �€?testing the waters�€? of higher education administration this year during a residency at West Virginia University.

Dr. Swansinger, a professor of history at the State University of New York at Fredonia, is spending the academic year working with WVU administrators, traveling to higher education institutions across the country and attending ACE seminars.

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. Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, are selected in a national competition.

Swansinger, who has been involved in various points of administration at SUNY Fredonia, said the fellowship gives her a chance to decide if she wants to work in higher administration. She also appreciates the chance to visit other universities, such as the HaskellIndianNationsUniversity in Lawrence, Kan.

�€?Besides observing leadership in higher education, my other focus is studying international programs,�€? Swansinger said. �€?I’m looking at international study, study abroad and international exchange programs at WVU and at other institutions for best practices and good integration within institutions. Following the events of 9-11, sustaining international programs and contacts needs to remain a high priority in higher education.�€?

�€?We are pleased to have Jacky as an ACE Fellow,�€? said WVU Provost Gerald Lang. �€?She brings an outside perspective to our discussions. She politely challenges some of our assumptions. Her questions force us to clarify our thinking. I hope she learns as much from us as we do from her.�€?

Swansinger holds a Ph.D. in history from RutgersUniversity and a B.S. in biology, chemistry and French from GeorgianCourtCollege. She joined SUNY Fredonia in 1988 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and to full professor in September. In 2000, she received the New York State Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

During her time at SUNY Fredonia, Swansinger has served as chair of the History Department, Interim Dean of Arts&Humanities, chair of the International Studies Committee, co-director of the Council for Womens Concerns and chair of the College Senate.

She has received numerous grants, including funding from the Department of Education and National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition, she directs Title III grant activity at SUNY Fredonia for the development of the multiethnic minor.

Marlene Ross, director of the ACE Fellows Program, noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the 1,378 participants since the inception of the program, more than 250 have become chief executive officers and over 1,000 have become provosts, vice presidents or deans.

ACE is the umbrella organization for the nations colleges and universities. ACE membership includes over 1,600 accredited, degree-granting institutions.