North Carolina A&T State University associate professor Craig Rhodes, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2012-13 academic year.

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

Rhodes has been an associate professor in the department of graphic communication & technological studies since 2002. He has been the chairman of the strategic planning committee for the school of technology, the chairman of university tenure and promotion committee, the chairman of the committee for workload policy guidelines, the author of first minor policy for the university, the vice president of the university faculty senate and the chairman of the NCAA athletic recertification committee.

Most previous ACE Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the more than 1,700 participants in the first 47 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents or deans.

Rhodes will focus on an issue of concern to N.C. A&T, while spending the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution.  He, along with other ACE Fellows, will attend three week-long retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE, read extensively in the field and engage in other activities to enhance his knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education today.