CSUB’s Quarles Selected As American Council on Education Fellow

The American Council on Education (ACE) announced that Markel Quarles, director of California State University, Bakersfield’s Center for Career Education & Community Engagement, has been named an ACE Fellow for the 2017-18 academic year.

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration through its distinctive and intensive nominator-driven, cohort-based mentorship model.

“It is truly an honor to be selected for this highly respected program,” Dr. Quarles said. “I’m looking forward to the experience.”

Dr. Quarles has been at CSUB since August 2014. Prior to that, he served at Arkansas State University and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. He has worked in higher education for 17 years serving in student services and teaching capacities.

Locally, Dr. Quarles has been part of several organizations, including The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Career Technical Education Advisory Council for the Kern High School District, Kern Community Foundation’s College Access and Completion Blueprint Committee, The Mission at Kern County, and Bakersfield College’s African-American Success Through Excellence and Persistence Program.

Nationally, Dr. Quarles has served on the Career Readiness Committee for the National Association of Colleges and Employers. He has been an invited speaker for national and statewide events and has facilitated numerous trainings and workshops on topics including career development, employer recruitment, cross-generational management, and academic success.

Dr. Quarles is a 2016 Executive Leadership Academy Fellow and a 2007 Graduate Opportunity Fellow. He earned his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of California at Santa Barbara and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where he also played football. Dr. Quarles and his wife, Theressa, have five adult children and one newborn granddaughter.

Forty-six Fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.

Nearly 1,900 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program over the past five decades, with more than 80 percent of Fellows having gone on to serve as senior leaders of colleges and universities.  The 2017-18 class will kick off its work this fall as ACE prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018.

"Fulfilling higher education’s 21st century mission depends upon a visionary, bold and diverse global community of institutional leaders, and the ACE Fellows Program plays a key role in cultivating these leaders,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. "The diverse and talented 2017-18 Fellows class demonstrates why the program has made such a vital contribution for more than a half-century to expanding the leadership pipeline for our colleges and universities."

The program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, visits to campuses and other higher education-related organizations, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year.

During the placement, Fellows observe and work with the president and other senior officers at their host institution, attend decision-making meetings and focus on issues of interest. Fellows also conduct projects of pressing concern for their home institution and seek to implement their findings upon completion of the fellowship placement.

At the conclusion of the fellowship year, Fellows return to their home institution with new knowledge and skills that contribute to capacity-building efforts, along with a network of peers across the country and abroad.

NOTE: Some information for this news release provided by the American Council on Education.

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