Dr. Jose Coll Named American Council on Education Fellow

May 09, 2014

Jose E. Coll, M.S.W., Ph.D., director of veteran student services and associate professor of social work at Saint Leo University, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for academic year 2014-2015.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing emerging leaders for senior positions in college and university administration. Thirty-one Fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.

“Seeing student veterans succeed is the best part of my job,” Dr. Coll said. “I am honored to have been nominated by Dr. Arthur Kirk, president of Saint Leo University, and to have been selected as a 2014-2015 ACE Fellow. The experience will continue to strengthen my commitment to serve those who have served and to ensure that we continue to develop comprehensive programs that support our student veterans.”

Dr. Coll received his bachelor’s degree in social work from Saint Leo University, an M.S.W. from the University of Central Florida, and his doctorate in counseling education and supervision from the University of South Florida. In the fall of 2011, he assumed his current role of supporting veterans in the academic process.

Many 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.

“For nearly 50 years, the ACE Fellows Program has transformed lives and grown future leaders,” said Joan Wodiska, ACE vice president and chief leadership officer, “The ACE Fellows Program is unique. The program immerses Fellows in learning experiences to gain insight and understanding into the changing environment of higher education.”

The ACE Fellows Program combines three retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE, 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. Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue concerning higher education while spending the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at his host institution.