Michigan State University will host Wondwossen A. Gebreyes, DVM, member of the American Council on Education, for the 2021-2022 academic year. Gebreyes is one of 52 fellows making up this year’s cohort at colleges and universities across the country.
Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows program is designed to build institutional and leadership capacity in U.S. higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for leadership positions in college and university administration. It combines in-person and virtual learning engagements, interactive learning tools, campus tours, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of field experience and skills development in only one academic year.
President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, Provost Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. and MSU’s Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MD, will serve as mentors, offering to Gebreyes enriching experiences for his career and opportunities to further his career as a leader and make an impact on higher education.
“Mentoring promising colleagues is a vital practice for educational leaders,” said Stanley. “The ACE Fellows program provides future leaders in higher education with hands-on experiences to help them prepare for a career in such a challenging field. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Gebreyes to our campus this fall.
Fellows are often included at the highest level of decision-making while participating in the administrative activities of their host institution. Time is also spent investigating a specific issue of benefits to their nominating institutions for implementation upon returning fellows to campus upon completion of fellowship placement.
“Selection as a host institution is a sign of the outstanding reputation and commitment to excellence at MSU,” said Sherri Lind Hughes, ACE Fellows Program Director and 2002-03 Fellow. “An ACE Fellow chooses an institution not only for its rigorous academic environment, high quality efforts to educate students, but also for its strong desire to invest in the future of higher education senior leadership.”
Gebreyes is a distinguished professor of molecular epidemiology and executive director of the Global One Health initiative at Ohio State University. He also founded and serves as the President of the International Congress on Pathogens at the Human-Animal Interface. Gebreyes’ infectious disease experience has been critical to his work, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, as he led OSU’s One Health initiative to build capacity and develop solutions solutions to emerging health threats in global strategic areas ranging from local and regional to mid-level. west to East Africa, Latin America and Asia. He obtained a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Addis Ababa and his doctorate. at North Carolina State University.
“The State of Michigan has a global reputation for its world-class faculty and staff, and globally recognized innovative teaching and learning,” said Gebreyes. “Beyond its innovation and groundbreaking discoveries, it was MSU’s community nature and land granting mission that really inspired me and made it a great choice. I look forward to learning under President Stanley and my co-mentors while enriching my leadership skills in higher education and finding ways to give back.
Nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellowship program over the past five decades, with over 80% of fellows having served as senior leaders of colleges and universities.