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For Immediate Release
March 19, 2013

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Joel Frater Named American Council on Education Fellow

Brockport administrator one of 50 selected nationwide

Washington, DC—Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education (ACE), announced today that Joel L. Frater, PhD, has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2013-14. Frater is Assistant Provost for Diversity, Middle States Accreditation Liaison Officer and Director of the Institute for Engaged Learning at the College at Brockport, State University of New York.

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. Fifty Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.

Margarita Benítez, interim director of ACE’s Emerging Leaders Group and the ACE Fellows Program, noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program since its inception, with more than 300 Fellows having served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents and deans.

“The 2013-14 class of Fellows is a talented, diverse group,” Benítez said.

Frater is Assistant Provost for Diversity, Middle States Accreditation Liaison Officer and Director of the Institute for Engaged Learning at the College at Brockport, State University of New York. As a member of the Provost’s Cabinet and President’s Advisory Council, he works collaboratively with all divisions to develop and implement strategic diversity initiatives. He is a member the Budget and Resource and Institutional Effective and Accountability Committees, CSTEP/McNair Advisory Board, and Leadership Development Program Taskforce.

“I have always aspired to be a student of higher education leadership,” Frater said. “The ACE Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for me to grow in this regard and become a key player in shaping higher education for the 21st century through an in-depth investigation of issues such as resource management, curriculum efficiency and strategies for leveraging external relationships to advance the college completion agenda.”

Frater is an Associate Professor who served as chairperson of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies from 2004-2010. He completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University in 2010 and is Brockport’s recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Service to The College Award. He is the 2009 Circle of Honor Award recipient of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University and the Temple University Certificate of Honor recipient, in recognition of distinguished service to the profession and in appreciation of service to the University. He is President of the Rochester Jamaican Organization, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides access to resources that help to improve the educational and social conditions of individuals in Rochester, NY, and Jamaica, West Indies.

“Joel is a talented individual who has brought insight and vision to my leadership team,” said Anne E. Huot, PhD, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Brockport. “The ACE experience will afford him the opportunity to delve deeply into an issue that is of concern to all of higher education including the College at Brockport. What he learns will help us develop a strategic set of initiatives aimed at closing the achievement gap. I have every confidence that he will also contribute at a high level to the ACE program with his cohort.”

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. Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to Brockport while spending the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution.

“The ACE Fellows Program will strengthen Joel’s leadership skills, expand his networks and prepare him to tackle the wide array of issues facing the higher education community,” said Brockport President John R. Halstead, PhD.

ACE Fellows also 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.

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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