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NMSU provost selected for national commission on leadership

New Mexico State University Executive Vice President and Provost Wendy K. Wilkins has accepted an appointment as a member of the American Council on Education's Commission on Leadership.


"Service on the ACE Commission on Leadership is an important opportunity for me to contribute to the national discussion with other leaders within the university community," said Wilkins, whose term is from 2012-2015. "In addition, I will have a front-row seat in this arena, which will give me greater access to ideas and initiatives that may benefit our leadership processes at NMSU. I am especially eager to share what I learn with those who are growing in their leadership abilities here, from department heads on up."

ACE represents the interests of more than 1,600 campus executives, as well as 200 leaders of higher education-related associations and organizations. Together, ACE member institutions serve 80 percent of today's college students. In its role as the major coordinating body for the nation's higher education institutions, ACE provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.

The Commission on Leadership advises ACE on its program and activities in the leadership area. Through its Executive Leadership and Emerging Leaders Groups, ACE offers an integrated suite of leadership and professional development programs, research, and activities for higher education administrators throughout their careers. ACE's leadership focus includes programs for presidents, chief academic officers and other vice presidents, deans and rising administrators.

Commission members provide guidance and advice on the design and implementation of programs, review issue briefs and other publications and serve as presenters, conveners and facilitators for leadership programs.

Wilkins joins NMSU President Barbara Couture in service to the organization. Couture serves on the ACE Commission on Lifelong Learning. Her term ends in 2014.