James Madison University to host ACE Fellow, Dr. Mary K. Ramsey

JMU News

by Ginny Cramer


Harrisonburg, Va. – James Madison University President Jonathan Alger announced today that Dr. Mary K. Ramsey, professor of English at Eastern Michigan University, a 2021-2022 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, will spend the full academic year on the James Madison University campus. 

“Selection as a host institution is a sign of the outstanding reputation and commitment to excellence at James Madison University,” said Sherri Lind Hughes, director of the ACE Fellows Program and a 2002-03 Fellow. “An ACE Fellow chooses an institution not only for its rigorous academic environment, high-quality efforts to educate students, but also its strong desire to invest in the future of higher education senior leadership as well.” 

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutional and leadership capacity in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration. Fifty-two Fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, will comprise the 2021-22 cohort at colleges and universities across the nation.

Nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program oer the past five decades, with more than 80 percent of Fellows having served as senior leaders of colleges and universities. 

Ramsey joined Eastern Michigan University in 2011 and has served in a variety of leadership positions, including interim assistant vice president of The Honors College and English department head at Eastern. She earned her doctorate in medieval studies at Yale University and earned master's degrees at the University of St. Andrew's and the University of Oklahoma. 

The ACE Fellows Program combines in-person and virtual learning engagements, interactive learning tools, campus visits, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single academic year. The Fellows are included in the highest level of decision-making while participating in administrative activities at their host institutions. Time is also spent investigating a specified issue of benefit to their nominating institutions for implementation upon the Fellows’ return to campus at the conclusion of the Fellowship placement.

“Through the inclusion of Fellows and hosts from a variety of institution types, the program is helping to develop a climate of collaboration across sectors and regions. I am confident this diverse and talented group of higher education professionals will help build the leadership capacity necessary to solve complex problems and thrive in a changing landscape,” said Hughes.



Contact: Ginny Cramer, cramervm@jmu.edu, 540-568-5325


About ACE

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 related associations. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.


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Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 1, 2023

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