Richardson named American Council on Education Fellow University of South Dakota professor Dr. William Richardson was named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the academic year 2005-06.
This prestigious national program was established in 1965 to identify the most promising senior faculty and administrators across the nation's campuses and prepare them for responsible positions in college and university administrations. Dr. Richardson is currently the chair of USD's department of political science and director of the W.O. Farber Center.
"Professor Richardson is an ideal candidate for an ACE Fellowship. He has exhibited a tremendous level of leadership and innovation here at USD. This opportunity will develop his leadership skills even further and he will learn a great deal about higher education that will benefit USD upon his return," said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Royce Engstrom.
Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to the nominating institution while spending the next academic year or semester working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution. Dr. Richardson will know by mid-May where he will spend his off-campus experience.
"I am very grateful to Royce Engstrom for the support that he and other USD administrators provided throughout the extensive nomination process for this fellowship. I will now have an unparalleled opportunity to spend up to a whole year working with a president and vice-president of an out-of-state university. The intent is for me to return to The U with new experiences and different perspectives on issues that are important to this campus," said Richardson.
Richardson will attend a Council of Fellows weekend June 4-5 in Arlington, VA, where he will meet with former fellows and members of the current class of fellows to learn from their experiences. Forty fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions were selected this year in the national competition.
The American Council on Education was founded in 1918 and is the nation's largest higher education association representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and more than 200 related associations nationwide.