(Fort Valley, GA)— Fort Valley State University today welcomed Dr. Brian C. Lucas for a prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) fellowship. Dr. Lucas will spend the spring 2018 semester on FVSU’s campus observing high-level institutional leadership and operations. The ACE fellowship prepares administrators for senior leadership roles in higher education. Dr. Lucas is one of only 44 fellows selected nationally to be part of the 2017-2018 cohort.
“We are honored Dr. Lucas has chosen Fort Valley State University as his host institution , and understand the value in providing future senior leaders with intimate insight into decision-making, planning, strategy, and operations. We look forward to engaging with Dr. Lucas as Fort Valley State University continues to evolve as a destination of choice for scholars, innovators, and creators.”
– Dr. Paul Jones, FVSU president
Dr. Jones was an ACE fellow at the University of West Florida during the 2007-2008 academic year. 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. More than 80% of participants have gone on to serve as senior leaders of colleges and universities. As part of their assignments, fellows investigate a specified issue of benefit to their nominating institutions to implement as part of their return to their home campus.
“I am very excited to have an opportunity to spend this semester as an ACE Fellow with President Jones, and all members of the FVSU family,” said Lucas. “Fort Valley State University has a well-established history of providing a high quality education to students and producing graduates that have made significant contributions to their communities, the state of Georgia, and our nation. I look forward to what I know will be an enriching and highly productive experience at FVSU.”
Lucas is an executive speechwriter for the president and senior leadership at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida, and managing editor of the “FAMU Forward” online newsletter. He also coordinates key presidential community engagement initiatives. He earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from FAMU, an executive master of business administration degree from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, and a doctorate in management (D.M.) from Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is also a graduate of the Defense Information School Public Affairs Officer Course. In addition to higher education roles, he worked as a reporter for newspapers in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Fayetteville, North Carolina and served as a Department of Defense civilian editor for U.S. Army Command publications in Wurzburg, Germany and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He earned the rank of Captain in the United States Army Reserve, where he was deployed to Iraq as a public relations affairs and media relations officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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About Fort Valley State University
Founded in 1895, Fort Valley State University is one of the nation’s most innovative academic institutions, leveraging its unique role as a state and land-grant institution to make educational opportunity available for everyone. The university’s undergraduate and graduate campus and online degree programs enroll almost 3,000 students from all over the world. As part of its commitment to excellence, the university has produced more African-Americans with mathematics degrees than any other college in the nation in two of the past three years. FVSU students participate in more than 80 academic and civic organizations, honor societies, and study abroad programs. FVSU is Georgia’s only 1890 land-grant institution, is part of the University System of Georgia, and is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II. Learn more by visiting www.FVSU.edu.
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.