University Hosts ACE Fellow
Teaneck, N.J. (August 17) — J. Michael Adams, president of Fairleigh Dickinson University, announced today that J. Michael Durnil, vice president for administration and assistant secretary of the Board of Trustees at Roosevelt University, Chicago, Ill., one of 34 2004–05 ACE Fellows, will spend the upcoming academic year at Fairleigh Dickinson.
The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965 by the American Council on Education (ACE), is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for more responsible positions. Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, are selected in a national competition. They focus on an issue of concern to the nominating institution while working with a university president and other senior officers at the host institution.
“I view the ACE Fellowship as an opportunity to expand my knowledge of other institutions while learning more about the field of contemporary higher education,” said Durnil. “The time away from Roosevelt University and the hands-on experiences I will enjoy at Fairleigh Dickinson University will allow for exploration and contemplation of differing institutional cultures and decision-making styles. These experiences will be important as I return to Roosevelt and participate in the implementation of our emerging institutional strategic plan and the preparation for the regional accreditation visit in 2006.”
Durnil joined Roosevelt University in 1993 as the dean of student life, later becoming assistant vice provost for student affairs and then associate vice president for student services. From 2000 to 2003, he served as campus executive officer, during which he guided the development of a 10-year campus master plan. In 2003, he was named to his current post, in which he serves as the senior officer assisting the president in all aspects of the organization of the Office of the President, his Executive Council and the Board of Trustees. He also coordinates the University’s relationship with elected officials.
Durnil’s Phd from Loyola University of Chicago concentrated on educational leadership and higher education. He also has an MS and a BS from Illinois State University. In 2002, he was nominated for the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Illinois State. That same year, he was named one of the “People Who Make It Happen” by The Business Connector Magazine.
President Adams said, “Michael will participate in administrative activities and work on specific issues and projects at FDU. He also will participate in various ACE-sponsored activities to enhance his knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education today and in the next century. I am confident he will make a valuable contribution to our community, while strengthening his own skills for future higher education roles.”
Marlene Ross, Ph.D., director of the Fellows Program, noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the more than 1,400 participants in the first 39 years of the program, more than 250 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,300 have become provosts, vice presidents or deans. “We’re extremely pleased with this class of Fellows,” Ross said. “The individuals selected have demonstrated strong leadership ability. The Fellows Program will sharpen and enhance their leadership skills and prepare them to address issues of concern to the higher education community.”
Founded in 1918, ACE is the nation’s largest higher education association, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.