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Bowles selected as ACE Fellow for 2012-13

March 30, 2012

Kathy Johnson Bowles

Kathy Johnson Bowles, director of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts at Longwood University, is one of 57 Fellows selected by the American Council on Education (ACE) for academic year 2012-13.

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. Nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, this year's Fellows were selected following a rigorous application process. Fellows attend three weeklong 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.

Bowles has served as the director of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA) since 2000. Under her leadership the LCVA has experienced exponential growth in support and outreach. In 2010, the LCVA achieved the distinct honor of national accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM). Bowles' leadership and scholarship has been recognized by numerous organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, AAM, Southeastern Museum Conference, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Bowles earned her MFA from Ohio University and her BFA from Boston University.

"I am honored to be named an ACE fellow," said Bowles. "Directing the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts has been enormously fulfilling and has inspired me to grow as a leader. I'm thankful to Longwood University for its support and encouragement. I look forward to the learning opportunities provided by ACE and returning to Longwood with skills that may help to advance the university as a whole." 

Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program, noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the more than 1,700 participants in the first 47 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."

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 officers at a host institution. The ACE Fellows Program combines 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 a single semester or year. The Fellows are included in the highest level of decision making while participating in administrative activities and learning about an issue to benefit their home institutions.