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Elizabeth Hendrey and Joseph Bertolino of Queens College Named as American Council on Education Fellows

FLUSHING, N.Y., April 1, 2010—Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education (ACE), announced today that Queens College’s Elizabeth Hendrey, Dean of Social Sciences and Economics Professor, and Joseph Bertolino, Vice President for Student Affairs and Chair of the Department of Student Personnel, have been named ACE Fellows for academic year 2010-11.

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program 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. Forty-six fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.

Sharon A. McDade, EdD, director of the ACE Fellows Program, noted that most previous fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the nearly 1,700 participants in the first 45 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.”

As Dean of Social Sciences, Elizabeth Hendrey oversees 10 departments at Queens College, including all its business programs such as undergraduate and graduate accounting; Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees; economics; the Business and Liberal Arts (BALA) honors minor; and the Schutzman Entrepreneurship Center.  She was instrumental in the adoption of a new master’s degree program in risk management with concentrations in accounting, finance and financial analysis.  In addition to the business area, Hendrey also directs the division’s departments of Anthropology, History, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies and Student Personnel.

Joseph Bertolino has directed the office of Student Affairs since 2004.  Before he joined QC he served as Dean for Community Development at Barnard College.  He has also worked in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania state higher education systems and the State University of New York (SUNY).  Bertolino has been an author, lecturer and teacher, having presented hundreds of programs to thousands of students at colleges and conferences nationwide.  Bertolino has

received several professional awards for his outstanding work, including being named Campus Activities magazine’s “Best Diversity Artist” in 2007. 

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. Hendrey and Bertolino will be included in the highest level of decision making while participating in administrative activities and learning about an issue to benefit Queens College.

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.

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 across the country. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.


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