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Loyola University Chicago's Assistant Provost of Academic Diversity Named American Council on Education Fellow

CHICAGO, April 1, 2019—The American Council on Education (ACE) announced that Christopher Manning, PhD, assistant provost of academic diversity at Loyola University Chicago, has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2019-2020. Following nomination by the senior administration of their institutions and a rigorous application process, 39 fellows were selected this year. 

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration through its distinctive and intensive nominator-driven, cohort-based mentorship model. More than 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program over the past five decades, with more than 80 percent of fellows having gone on to serve as senior leaders of colleges and universities.

“The ACE Fellows Program epitomizes ACE’s goal of enriching the capacity of leaders to innovate and adapt, and it fuels the expansion of a talented and diverse higher education leadership pipeline,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “Each year I am impressed by how many former fellows are named to prominent leadership roles, which makes it even more exciting to meet each new cohort. I’m left wondering, ‘Where will these Fellows end up?’”

Manning has written on African American politics and is currently working on both an oral history of social justice movements in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and a memoir exploring race and identity. As the assistant provost on academic diversity at Loyola, he has focused on climate, equity, and inclusion issues across Academic Affairs.

“I am grateful to Provost Margaret Callahan and President Jo Ann Rooney for nominating me for this opportunity and for the constant encouragement I have received from my colleagues,” said Manning. “I look forward to gaining an understanding of the broad workings of universities across the country and using those insights to continue our progress in integrating diversity across Loyola.”

The program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, visits to campuses and other higher education-related organizations, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year.

During the placement, fellows observe and work with the president and other senior officers at their host institution, attend decision-making meetings, and focus on issues of interest. Fellows also conduct projects of pressing concern for their home institution and seek to implement their findings upon completion of the fellowship placement.

At the conclusion of the fellowship year, fellows return to their home institution with new knowledge and skills that contribute to capacity-building efforts, along with a network of peers across the country and abroad. For more information, please click here.

About ACE

ACE is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice. As the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, ACE represents more than 1,700 college and university presidents and related associations. For more information, please visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation

About Loyola University Chicago 

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 17,000 students. Nearly 12,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, "like" us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @Loyola Newsroom.

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Media Contacts: 
Evangeline Politis
Communication Manager
Loyola University Chicago
312.915.6324
epolitis@luc.edu

Kristen Carmen 
Public Affairs Specialist 
American Council on Education
202.939.9554
kcarmen@acenet.edu