AZUSA, Calif. –San Bernardino, Calif. resident Pamela M. Christian, Ph.D., assistant provost and special assistant for university diversity at Azusa Pacific University was recently selected by the American Council on Education (ACE) for the 2008-09 ACE Fellows Program. Christian is 1 of only 34 college and university senior faculty and administrators selected to be a part of this year’s class. The program focuses on identifying and developing senior leadership for the nation’s colleges and universities.

As a member of the fellows program, Christian attends seminars, interactive learning opportunities, and campus events at Houston Community College District, where she will spend the year gaining additional on-the-job experience and skills development. During this placement, she observes and works alongside the college president and other senior administrators.

“Our recent enrollment trend at APU suggests that we now have a critical mass of students from diverse backgrounds on campus. As access becomes less of a concern, effectively managing the variety of needs that a diverse student body presents will become essential to our continued success,” said Christian. “During my fellowship, I expect to learn how to foster the academic success of community college students in an effort to recommend strategies that will further our goals at APU to retain and graduate the students we enroll.”

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is the longest running leadership development program in the United States. Christian is now part of the 1,610 higher education leaders who have participated in the program.

“We’re extremely pleased with the incoming class,” said Sharon A. McDade, director of the Fellows Program. “The individuals selected have demonstrated strong leadership. The Fellow Program will sharpen and enhance their leadership skills and their network, and prepare them to address issues of concern to the higher education community.”