Kennesaw State professor named American Council on Education Fellow

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Jorge Pérez identified among nation’s most promising senior faculty and administrators
 
Kennesaw, Ga. (April 3, 2013)— Jorge Pérez, associate professor of Information Systems at Kennesaw State University, has been named an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2013-14 academic year. Perez is one of fifty Fellows selected to this year’s program following a rigorous application process.
 
Currently in the process of selecting a host institution for his fellowship, Pérez is a technology futurist with more than two decades of experience in the information systems field as an analyst, developer, consultant and educator. A native of Cuba, he has circled the globe presenting his widely published research on digital literacy and information systems education.In 2012, Perez completed a three-year term as faculty executive assistant to Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp, a cabinet-level role that drove him to pursue other opportunities to grow as a leader.
 
“As faculty executive assistant to the President, Jorge was an invaluable member of the administrative team. He was an excellent advisor who provided keen insight on a variety of issues,” said Papp. “I am proud of his accomplishments and I am confident that he will make an outstanding ACE Fellow.”
 
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.
 
“The 2013-14 class of Fellows is a talented, diverse group,” said Margarita Benítez, interim director of ACE’s Emerging Leaders Group and the ACE Fellows Program. “The ACE Fellows Program will strengthen their leadership skills, expand their networks and prepare them to tackle the wide array of issues facing the higher education community.”
 
According to Benítez, most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program since its inception, 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 ACE Fellowship is a leadership intensive that will allow me to build on what I learned as an advisor to the president and faculty liaison on his cabinet,” said Pérez. “I’m honored and thrilled to have been invited to join the 2013-14 ACE Fellows class.”
 
Perez joined Kennesaw State in 1998. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Florida State University.  He currently serves on the board of directors of the Atlanta-based  Latin American Association. 
 
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. 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.
 
ACE Fellows also 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, nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit www.acenet.eduor follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.
 
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.