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Portland, OR (March 21, 2013): Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education (ACE), announced today that Bridget Burns, chief of staff for Oregon University System has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2013-14.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, 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 Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.

Margarita Benítez, interim director of ACE’s Emerging Leaders Group and the ACE Fellows Program, noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program since its inception, with more than 300 Fellows having served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities, and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents and deans.

“The 2013-14 class of Fellows is a talented, diverse group,” Benítez said. “The ACE Fellows Program will strengthen their leadership skills, expand their networks and prepare them to tackle the wide array of issues facing the higher education community.”

Bridget Burns currently provides leadership for OUS for programs, policy initiatives, and mandates of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education.  She leads both federal and state government relations on behalf of the university system, while also serving as a key policy advisor to the Board and Chancellor.

Burns previously served on the State Board of Higher Education, Public Commission on the Oregon Legislature, State Commission on Children and Families, and as chair of the Oregon Student Assistance Commission.  She has also been an Associate with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, and an advisor to The Institute for College Access and Success.

In 2012 she was selected as one of Portland Business Journal’s “Forty under 40,” and OSU’s “Young Alumni of the Year.” Burns has her Masters degree in Public Policy from Oregon State University with a thesis on "The Perception Gap: The Gulf Between Public Opinion and Public Higher Education in Oregon."

The ACE Fellows Program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single semester or year. As an ACE Fellow, Burns will focus on issues of concern to the Oregon University System while spending the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution.

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 provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.


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