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Joan M. Phillips named American Council on Education Fellow

Joan M. Phillips named American Council on Education Fellow


When Quinlan professor Joan Phillips, PhD, MBA, learned that she had been selected to be the University’s nominee for The American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program, she felt deeply honored.

And more so when she found that she’d been selected as an ACE Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Phillips, who is also the chairperson of the marketing department.

“As an ACE Fellow I will have the opportunity to learn the best practices of higher education administration from today’s university leaders. I look forward using my new skills to help advance Loyola’s strategic priorities upon my return." 

The ACE Fellows Program 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.

Forty-seven Fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, were selected for this academic year following a rigorous application process. 

“It’s a long process, just like applying to graduate school: five essays, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and interviews,” Phillips said. “It’s very selective.”   

This year, the ACE Fellows Program is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Over that time, nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated, 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.

The last ACE Fellow from Loyola was Richard Holz, PhD, in the 2010-11 academic year. He served as department chairman of chemistry and biochemistry, and as associate dean for resources and planning in the College of Arts and Sciences—before leaving to become dean of the College of Arts and Science at Marquette University.

Loyola computer science professor Chandra Sekharan, PhD, was also an ACE Fellow in 2009-10, as was Loyola’s Graduate School Dean and incoming Interim Provost, Samuel Attoh, PhD, who was a member of the 2003-2004 ACE Fellows class.

About Professor Joan Phillips 

Phillips joined Loyola in 2008 after serving on the faculties at University of Notre Dame, University of Kentucky, and Michigan State University. She holds a BA from State University of New York at Albany, an MBA from The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and a PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her research explores consumer decision-making, brand strategy, and the impact of marketing on society, and she teaches at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive levels.

As an ACE Fellow, Phillips will go through a combination of retreats, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into one year.

While working closely with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution, Phillips will focus on an issue of concern to Loyola.

"I’m particularly interested in identifying opportunities between a university’s business school and its other professional schools and how to form partnerships with local organizations to create experiences that help students to learn and also benefit the university's community."

“I care a great deal about higher education and its success for the future,” Phillips said. “I’m the first in my family to go to college, so I know about the transformative experience that higher education can have on someone’s life.”