Frances D. Graham, associate vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at North Carolina Central University has been named an American Council on Education Fellow for academic year 2009-10.
The ACE Fellow 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. Thirty-eight Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellor of their institutions, were selected this year in a national competition.
Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to the nominating institution while spending the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior offers at a host institution. The ACE Fellows Program combines seminars, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits and placement to another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single semester or year. The Fellows are included in the higher level of decision making while participating in administrative activities and learning about an issue to benefit North Carolina Central University.
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, Ed.D., director of the ACE Fellow Program, noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the more than 1,500 participants in the first 44 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 incoming class,” McDade said. “The individuals selected have demonstrated strong leadership. 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.”
Graham has served as the associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at North Carolina Central University since April 2004. Her duties include providing leadership support to career services, campus ministry, campus recreation, student leadership, training and development, student health and counseling center and the Women’s Center. Originally from Champaign, Illinois, Graham has also served as interim vice chancellor for student affairs at NCCU, associate vice provost for Gender Affairs and director for the Women’s Center at North Carolina State University. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign she served as the Specialist in Education in the Counseling Center. She has taught black feminist theory, feminist theory, African American literature and women’s history at Duke, NCSU, UIUC and Parkland College.
Graham serves on the Board of Directors for BRIDGES, an academic leadership program for women in higher education in North Carolina, and the National Women’s Studies Journal advisory board. Her most recent publication appears in The Challenge of Coeducation: Women’s Colleges since the 1960s, an edited text on women’s higher education by Leslie Miller-Bernal and Susan Poulson. Graham earned her doctorate and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her master’s degree from Howard University.
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.