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CSUF Professor Named American Council on Education Fellow

April 7, 2015

Stephan R. Walk, associate dean of CSUF's College of Health and Human Development

"The ACE Fellowship program provides a broad overview of the landscape of higher education and helps one develop the leadership skills needed to strengthen colleges and universities," said Walk, CSUF's third ACE Fellow.

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Stephan R. Walk, associate dean of Cal State Fullerton's College of Health and Human Development, is among 47 emerging U.S. college and university leaders selected for the 2015-16 class of the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program.

The ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen higher education by identifying and preparing the next generation of leaders for senior positions in college and university administration.

"Dr. Walk is a thoughtful, engaged member of the Academic Senate's executive committee, and a respected teacher-scholar and academic administrator," said José Luis Cruz, provost and vice president for academic affairs, who nominated Walk for the program. "His recognition is a reflection both of his dedication to excellence and of the quality of our faculty as a whole, and we are immensely proud."

A campus member since 1994, the professor of kinesiology served as the faculty athletics representative from 2004-13, twice served as president of the Big West Conference and was interim athletics director in 2012. Walk has chaired the Kinesiology Department from 2007-12, prior to serving as the college's associate dean.

"It is both humbling and gratifying to have been chosen as an ACE Fellow and to join the late Julian Foster, professor emeritus, and Judith Anderson, former executive vice president, as the third ACE Fellow from CSUF," said Walk.

During the ACE Fellows Program, Walk will focus on discovering ways to enhance and expand the palette of options the University uses to improve student success and to help the campus think more imaginatively about recruitment and retention of a high-quality and diverse faculty.

Walk holds a dual-major doctorate in kinesiology and sociology from Michigan State University.

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