CCBC Media Releases


For Immediate Release:
April 30, 2003
Contact: Hope Hall Davis



Baltimore County, Md. -- The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) announces that Lillian Archer, CCBC Essex senior director, Academic Advising and Entry Services, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2003-2004 academic year. Archer is the first ACE Fellow to be selected from CCBC.

The ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising faculty and senior administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Thirty-eight Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year in a national competition.

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 Fellow will be included in the highest level of decision making while participating in administrative activities and contributing to a Leadership Team exploring a project that will benefit their home institution. During the program, Fellows will attend three week-long seminars 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 and in the next century.

Excited over her selection and honored by her nomination from CCBC Chancellor Irving Pressley McPhail, Archer expressed that the ACE Fellows Program offers a unique learning experience. “Serving as an ACE Fellow will not only broaden my leadership abilities, it will also give me hands-on experience in tackling real issues and problems that are important to higher education,” said Archer. “I’ll gain valuable experience working with presidents and senior administrators and gain critical leadership and management skills that will benefit me throughout my career."

Chancellor McPhail is extremely proud of CCBC’s first ACE Fellow and knows first-hand the benefits of an ACE Fellowship. McPhail was a 1978-’79 ACE Fellow at The John Hopkins University, where he was mentored by President Emeritus Steven Muller. “My experience as an ACE Fellow remains the single most important professional development opportunity of my career in academic leadership,” said McPhail. “The opportunity to work directly with a college president and other senior administrators and to observe first-hand how a college or university works was invaluable,” remarked McPhail. “It was during my ACE Fellowship that I developed a lifetime passion for strategic planning and budgeting. The work that I did as an ACE Fellow is the foundation for the strategic decision-making my colleagues and I rely on today at CCBC.”

Dr. Marlene Ross, director of the Fellows Program, noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the nearly 1,400 participants in the first 38 years of the program, more than 250 have become chief executive officers and nearly 1,000 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans. “We’re extremely pleased with the incoming class,” Ross said. “The individuals selected have demonstrated strong leadership skills that prepare them to address issues of concern to the higher education community.”

With more than 1,800 member institutions, the American Council on Education is the major coordinating body for higher education in the United States. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.

CCBC is one of 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges noted nationally for its commitment to student learning. CCBC is a premier, learning-centered, single college, multi-campus institution consisting of three comprehensive campuses and five extension centers in metropolitan Baltimore County, Md. CCBC serves its diverse community as a center for lifelong learning to improve the quality of life in Baltimore County and the region.

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