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Loyola University Chicago Professor Named Prestigious American Council on Education Fellow
Department of Computer Science Chairperson One of Only 38 Individuals Honored

CHICAGO, April 28, 2009 – Chandra Sekharan, PhD, chairperson of Loyola’s Department of Computer Science, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2009-10 academic year. As an ACE Fellow, Sekharan will be included in the highest level of decision making while participating in administrative activities and learning about an issue of benefit to Loyola University Chicago.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Thirty-eight Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year in a national competition. The program combines seminars, 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.

Sharon A. McDade, EdD, director of the ACE Fellows Program, notes that a number of previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the more than 1,500 participants in the first 44 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers, and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans.

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

Sharing McDade’s excitement is Christine M. Wiseman, Loyola’s provost., who is pleased with the selection of Dr. Sekharan for this prestigious honor. “Dr. Sekharan is an outstanding choice; he is a person of great skill and judgment, whose leadership talents have enhanced collaborative development in his department. His ability to frame a vision for collaborative and strategic growth that also integrates technology into the implementation, will benefit the entire faculty.”

Dr. Sekharan is in his fourth year as chairperson of the Department of Computer Science. He joined the Computer Science program at Loyola in 1993, and became a full professor in 2002. He has published more than 50 papers in the areas of parallel computation and networking and he co-authored two manuscripts in data structures. Dr. Sekharan has also been involved in extramural grants in excess of $6 million in support of research and education in Computer Science.

At Loyola, Dr. Sekharan has served on a number of key committees, including the Executive Committee of the Graduate School, Graduate Studies Coordinating Board, Presidential Advisory Council, and the Information Technologies Steering Committee. In his tenure as chairperson of the Department of Computer Science, Dr. Sekharan successfully architected and implemented a strategic plan to foster growth in Computer Science at Loyola. He also has chaired committees that led to the formation of successful interdisciplinary programs in bioinformatics and information technology.

As part of the Fellows program, participants attend three-week-long retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE, and engage in other activities that enhance their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education today.

About American Council on Education
The American Council on Education (ACE) is the only higher education organization that represents presidents and chancellors of all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions: community colleges and four-year institutions, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit colleges. This cross-sector membership enables ACE to serve as higher education’s unifying voice. Since 1918, ACE has provided leadership and a unified voice on key higher education issues. Through advocacy, research, and innovative programs, ACE represents the interests of more than 1,800 campus executives, as well as the leaders of higher education – related associations and organizations. Together, ACE member institutions serve 80 percent of today’s college students. ACE speaks as higher education’s voice in matters of public policy in Washington, DC, and throughout the nation, and provides vital programs, information, and a forum for dialogue on key issues.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2009 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.

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