Q&A: Margaret Drugovich, New Chair of ACE Women’s Network Executive Council

Sook-Yi Yong, senior program manager for ACE Leadership, recently sat down with Hartwick College (NY) President Margaret L. Drugovich to talk about the most pressing issues facing higher education, her path to becoming a college president, and her plans for the ACE Women’s Network, a national system of networks within each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia that works to advance and support women in higher education.

ACE Fellows Program Opening Retreat: Mile High Management and Leadership in Action

Since 1965, more than 1,800 vice presidents, deans, department chairs, faculty, and other emerging leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program. Over the next nine months, ACE Leadership Vice President Lynn M. Gangone will bring an inside look to the program as the members of the 2016-17 cohort embark on a path to senior higher education leadership. First up, the opening retreat.

The American College President: Reflections and New Developments for ACE’s Signature Study

Earlier this year, ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy distributed the survey for the eighth edition of the American College President Study (ACPS), which was first administered in 1986. Across three decades, the ACPS has earned a reputation as a one-of-a-kind research tool that presents a unique and comprehensive portrait of the presidency and the higher education leadership pipeline.

Individual Acts of Inclusivity Have the Greatest Impact

There has been a great deal of energy expended on diversifying the faculty on college campuses in recent years, and the discussion has ramped up lately with the focus on student protests and demands for a more inclusive campus climate. ACE’s Kim Bobby discusses effective processes for building and retaining a diverse faculty—and how true inclusivity takes individual self-reflection and action.

AACC Magazine Profiles ACE Fellow Kenya Ayers

The 2015-16 Class of the ACE Fellows Program just concluded their Fellowship year at institutions across the country, becoming a part of the integral process of building institutional capacity in the higher education leadership ranks.

Is Higher Ed Moving the Needle on Women Presidents?

According to ACE’s 2012 American College President Study, only 26 percent of college presidents were women as of 2011. That means the needle has been moved just three percentage points since 2006. And because the total number of minority presidents hasn’t grown substantially either, the proportion of all presidencies held by minority women also remains low.

LGBTQ Talent and Institutional Success

Charles R. Middleton, president emeritus of Roosevelt University, writes that diversity and inclusion are essential to assuring long-term success for higher education institutions. And it is clear that we cannot achieve our maximum potential without taking advantage of the considerable talent and commitment to our institutions that LGBTQ employees, students, alumni and community leaders bring.

Lead with Data. Inspire with Leadership.

Bob Shea, senior fellow at the National Association of College and University Business Officers, sat on the ACE2016 panel “Higher Education Business Models: Leading with Data to Deliver Results.” During the Q&A, the common theme emerged of how to get started on the difficult work of moving to a sustainable economic model. Shea considers that question.

Dynamic Diversity: How Campus Leaders Can Respond to Student Protests

Liliana Garces and Uma Jayakumar explore the concept of dynamic diversity, a new model for understanding critical mass, promoting inclusive environments and facilitating the benefits of educational diversity on campus. This is the latest post in a series sparked by recent student protests and the national dialogue on diversity and inclusion.

On Diversifying the Higher Education Leadership Pipeline

ACE Leadership Vice President Lynn Gangone writes that our pipelines are filled with well-qualified women and men, yet our leadership at the top is still predominantly white, predominantly male and predominantly older. ACE’s upcoming American College President Study may indicate movement for women and men and women of color, as well as other underrepresented groups such as LGBT presidents.

VIDEO: How Can Higher Education Lead the Conversation on Inequity?

Renu Khator, chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of UH, talks with Kent McGuire, president and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation, and Princeton Professor Marta Tienda about how higher education can increase access and lead the conversation on inequity.  

VIDEO: How to Lead in a Globalized World

ACE2016 closed the final plenary at ACE2016 with a keynote address by Anna Maria Chávez, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of the USA, who examined how to be a successful leader in today’s ever-changing and globalized world.