Five faculty members will represent the university on the ACC University Leaders Network

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Five faculty members have been selected to participate in the 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) University Leaders Network, a program designed to facilitate networking among member institutions and foster collaboration among academic leaders. It also offers participants a leadership development program, designed to broaden awareness of the needs and challenges of leadership in higher education across all disciplines, organizational roles and structures.

The selected ones:

  • Amy Criss, Chair of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Julie Hasenwinkel, Chair of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Melissa Luke, Senior Fellow, School of Education
  • Gladys McCormick, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Maxwell School
  • Ryan Williams, Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies

“The landscape of higher education is changing rapidly and Syracuse University needs university leaders who have a keen sense of current and emerging issues,” said Gretchen Ritter, vice-chancellor and rector. “The ACC University Leadership Network provides this context within a framework that encourages collaboration between institutions. I am grateful that our faculty and administrative leaders are eager to invest in their own professional development.

Participants at Syracuse University were selected from academic leaders who have one to two years in their current leadership role and have received basic leadership training. The leaders of each ACC institution participate in three on-site sessions during the year, held at different participating university campuses. This year’s class will be visiting the campuses of Virginia Tech, Boston College, and the University of Virginia.

“As a former participant, I can say with confidence that this is an exceptional opportunity for some of our key university leaders to broaden their perspectives in collaboration with peers from ACC,” said Jamie Winders, Associate Rector for Faculty Affairs. “Today’s leaders face tough decisions and the need to innovate to create great departments, programs and approaches to academic excellence. This program is a unique opportunity to share knowledge among the 15 excellent institutions that make up the ACC.


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