University of Nebraska hosts American Council on Education Fellow in 2010-11
The University of Nebraska will host an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2010-11 academic year. NU President James B. Milliken said Dave Schnase, managing director of academic and membership affairs at the National Collegiate Athletic Association, will make periodic visits to the Office of the President and the four campuses this year and will participate in a wide array of activities intended to help prepare him for professional and career advancement in higher education at a college, university or related organization.

“We look forward to having Dave as a visiting Fellow at the University of Nebraska this year,” Milliken said. “These are challenging but exciting times for higher education here in Nebraska, and across the country. The ACE Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity for us to help develop the next generation of talented leadership for America’s post-secondary institutions. It will also be an advantage for the University of Nebraska to have a relationship with a senior staff member of the NCAA whose responsibilities include outreach to first-time chancellors and presidents.”

Schnase is one of 46 ACE Fellows who were selected this year following a rigorous application process. A native of Omaha, Schnase has worked at the NCAA for 15 years and in his current position for the last six years. His responsibilities include oversight of internal operations, Eligibility Center operations, presidential outreach, governance, legislation, and interpretations. Prior to arriving at the NCAA, he worked at Marshall University in athletics compliance and judicial affairs and also at the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his master’s and law degrees from the University of Kansas.

“We are pleased that Dave Schnase has been selected as an ACE Fellow and congratulate him on this accomplishment,” said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of Membership and Student Affairs. “He is the first NCAA staff member to be chosen for this prestigious professional experience and we are eager for Dave to continue his work in presidential outreach, focusing on first-time chancellors and presidents.”

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. The program combines retreats, interactive learning, campus visits and placement at a higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a semester or single year. Fellows 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.

Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program, noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the nearly 1,700 participants in the first 45 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans.

“We’re extremely pleased with the strength of the incoming class,” McDade said. “The Fellows Program will sharpen and enhance their leadership skills and their network, and prepare them to address issues of concern to the higher education community.”

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 seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

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