Earlier this year, History Professor Stacey Close was awarded an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship to work with Dr. Sonia Manjon, vice president for institutional partnerships and chief diversity officer at Wesleyan University in Middletown. In addition to her leadership at Wesleyan, Manjon advises the State of Black Connecticut Alliance, serves on the leadership council of the Middlesex County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, and is a State Commissioner for Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs.
"It's a pleasure to welcome Stacey Close to campus," said Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth. "Wesleyan will surely benefit from the expertise he brings, and I hope he will fulfill his professional goals through his association with us."
Close has taught at Eastern since 1993 and received Eastern's Teaching Excellence Award in 2004. He has served as the director of the Center for Educational Excellence and as chair of the History, Philosophy, Political Science and Geography Department.
"Dr. Close has been one of our most popular professors at Eastern for many years," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez, "and I am delighted that he is advancing his professional portfolio as an ACE Fellow at Wesleyan this year."
An authority on African American history, especially in the Hartford area, Close has published journal articles and book chapters on related topics. Through the ACE program, Close plans to develop a base of knowledge that will contribute to Eastern's advancement. "While I want to work to increase my knowledge in strategic planning, resource allocation, budgeting, and management at the senior level, I would also like to learn more about equity, diversity, retention and community engagement," said Close, in discussing his fellowship plans at Wesleyan.
Since 1965, hundreds of vice presidents, deans, department chairs, faculty, and other emerging leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program, the nation's premier higher education leadership development program in preparing senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities.