Michael Ellington, associate vice president for West Virginia University Student Affairs, has been selected for admission to the American Council on Education Spectrum Executive Leadership Program.

This eight-month program is designed to further diversify the senior leadership ranks of U.S. higher education by preparing diverse senior level administrators from underrepresented groups to be strong candidates for presidencies and chancellorships in the near term. Face-to-face and virtual meetings will be held between February and October.

Some of the leadership topics will include developing an effective search strategy, working with boards and engaging with purpose, fundraising and campaigns, establishing public and private partnerships, using the media effectively and expanding the notion of the talent pool: taking the non-traditional path to presidency.

“It has been my privilege to know Michael for 20 years and to work with him for the last five years,” said Jay Cole, chief of staff, WVU Office of the President. “He has been a key player in many improvements and innovations at WVU over the years and as such, he has a great deal to contribute to the ACE leadership program.

“He is also a keen student of higher education administration, so I know he will learn a great deal from the program, as well.”

Ellington is in his 30th year as a Student Affairs, student union, student development and program management professional. In 2004, he became interim assistant vice president for Student Affairs and in 2006 became the assistant vice president for Student Affairs. Ellington has two degrees from WVU.

“I am grateful to have been chosen as an inaugural ACE Executive Leadership participant,” Ellington said. “WVU has been instrumental in my educational and managerial development. Inclusion in ACE along with other noteworthy participants is an honor.”

Accomplishments via presidential initiatives such as WVUp All Night, Fallfest and Festival of Ideas are key components to student success and Ellington has been instrumental in both a developmental and supportive role in accomplishing these and other objectives. Ellington’s current direct reports include: Mountainlair, Arts and Entertainment, Center for Black Culture and Research, Dining Services and representing Student Affairs as warranted by the vice president.



Tami Allen, Division of Student Affairs
304-293-8979, Tami.Allen@mail.wvu.edu

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