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Texas State's Hustvedt named American Council on Education Fellow

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
May 8, 2014

ACE Fellows Program

Gwendolyn Hustvedt, Presidential Fellow and graduate advisor for Sustainability Studies at Texas State University, has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2014-15 by the American Council on Education (ACE).

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing emerging leaders for senior positions in college and university administration. Thirty-one Fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.

“We are proud that Dr. Hustvedt was chosen for this highly competitive program,” said Texas State President Denise M. Trauth. “The ACE Fellows experience will enhance Dr. Hustvedt’s already impressive academic and leadership capabilities, which in turn will benefit Texas State.”

Hustvedt, a Texas State faculty member since 2006, holds degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University.

“I am so pleased to have this opportunity to help Texas State take the next step in our quest for excellence,” Hustvedt said. “I have been so fortunate to work with many excellent mentors, including Provost Eugene Bourgeois and President Trauth, who have provided guidance and challenge as I seek to learn more about what makes a university truly great.”

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.

“For nearly 50 years, the ACE Fellows Program has transformed lives and grown future leaders,” said Joan Wodiska, the organization’s vice president and chief leadership officer. “The program immerses Fellows in learning experiences to gain insight and understanding into the changing environment of higher education.”

The ACE Fellows Program combines three retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE, 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. Fellows are included in highest level of decision making while working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution. During her one-semester fellowship, Hustvedt will focus on studying best practices associated with enhancing doctoral education, research commercialization and other areas of concern to Texas State.

About the American Council on Education

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.