Veteran Student Affairs Administrator Joe Bertolino Selects UH as Site for ACE Fellowship Experience

Since 1965, the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program has enhanced the careers of college and university administrators. Each year, this innovative program provides opportunities for higher education leaders to visit different campuses and immerse themselves in dynamic new work cultures.

Joe Bertolino, vice president of student affairs and chair of the student personnel department at Queens College/City University of New York, is among the 2010-2011ACE Fellows. He has selected the University of Houston as the site for his fellowship experience.

Bertolino will work and live on campus throughout the fall semester. As an ACE Fellow, he will be mentored by UH senior administrators and work alongside them on projects.

"I am delighted to be serving as an ACE Fellow at the University of Houston this coming fall semester," Bertolino said. "Having followed the work and leadership of UH President Renu Khator, I am particularly honored to serve as her mentee during the fellowship experience."

In 2007, Campus Activities magazine recognized Bertolino as "Best Diversity Artist." He has written numerous articles and book chapters and is co-authoring "Student Affairs in Urban Institutions" for the National Association of Personnel Administrators.  As a lecturer, he has delivered presentations focused on student affairs issues to thousands of students at conferences across the country. His research interests include student immigration, campus community development, campus social change, leadership development, service-learning, multicultural world views and LGBT student issues.

"Dr. Bertolino's expertise with diversity and student issues compliment UH's commitment to these areas," said UH President Renu Khator. "He is a talented administrator who will bring new ideas to the university. I look forward to working with him during his time here."

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 eventual advancement into senior leadership positions in college and university administration. ACE Fellows are nominated by the presidents of their institutions and selected in a national competition. Of the more than 1,500 participants in the 45 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents or deans.

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 more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.