Sept. 7, 2001 GENEVA, N.Y.– Lynne M. Wiley, an associate dean at St. Mary's College, in Moraga, Calif., will be working this academic year at Hobart and William Smith Colleges as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. Through the prestigious fellowship program, Wiley will be working as an assistant to Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith.
As an ACE Fellow, Wiley designed a work plan for the year that assists the objectives of both her sponsoring institution, St. Mary's College, which is located in the San Francisco Bay area, and her host, Hobart and William Smith Colleges. At HWS she will be assisting with the HWS 2005 planning initiative that Gearan began last year. HWS 2005 intends to chart the Colleges future by determining what initiatives must be accomplished by 2005 in order to enhance and differentiate its position among the nation's small, residential, liberal arts colleges. Wiley's results will be useful to both institutions as they are similar liberal arts colleges.
Wiley, a native of upstate New York, graduated from West Genesee High School in Syracuse. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in English literature at SUNY Oswego,
a master's degree in educational administration from the University at Albany, and spent 14 years in the Finger Lakes Region at Cornell University and Cayuga Community College before obtaining a Ph.D. in higher education and philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.
President Gearan said he is honored to be selected as the host institution and as Wiley's mentor. “Not only will Hobart and William Smith Colleges be allowed to broaden and deepen Ms. Wiley's perspectives on higher education, but the Colleges will benefit from having an additional educator here to aid in our planning initiatives,” Gearan said.
The ACE Fellows Program is the only national, individualized, long-term professional development program in higher education to provide this type of on-the-job learning.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y. – the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted also for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletics programs, student governments, and traditions.
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