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Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business Professor Joan M. Phillips Named American Council on Education Fellow

CHICAGO, March 25, 2015 – The American Council on Education (ACE) announced today that Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business professor Joan M. Phillips, PhD, MBA, has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2015-16.

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

ACE President Molly Corbett Broad noted that the Fellows Program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this academic year, and that over those five decades nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated, 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.

“The ACE Fellows Program enters its second half century committed to further growing and strengthening the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program,” Broad said. “The diverse and talented 2015-16 Fellows class embodies why the program has been such a vital contributor to expanding the leadership pipeline for our nation’s colleges and universities.”

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Phillips. “As an ACE Fellow I will have the opportunity to learn the best practices of higher education administration from today’s university leaders. I look forward using my new skills to help advance Loyola’s strategic priorities upon my return.”

Phillips joined Loyola in 2008 after serving on the faculties at University of Notre Dame, University of Kentucky, and Michigan State University. She holds a BA from State University of New York at Albany, an MBA from The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and a PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her research explores consumer decision-making, brand strategy, and the impact of marketing on society, and she teaches at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive levels.

As an ACE Fellow, Phillips will go through a combination of retreats, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into one year.

While working closely with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution, Phillips will focus on an issue of concern to Loyola.

“I’m particularly interested in identifying opportunities between a university’s business school and its other professional schools and how to form partnerships with local organizations to create experiences that help students to learn and also benefit the university’s community.”

“I care a great deal about higher education and its success for the future,” Phillips said. “I’m the first in my family to go to college, so I know about the transformative experience that higher education can have on someone’s life.”

ACE Fellows also attend three retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE and visit campuses and other higher education-related organizations across the United States and abroad as they work to read extensively in the field and engage in interactive learning opportunities to increase their understanding of higher education challenges and opportunities.

About ACE
Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.

About Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business
Focused on responsible leadership, the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago offers undergraduate, graduate, and executive education in the heart of downtown Chicago, with campuses and partnerships in Rome, Beijing, and Saigon–Ho Chi Minh City. The school houses six centers charged with producing research and enhancing connections to the global business community, including the Center for Risk Management, the Center for International Business, the Center for Financial and Policy Studies, the Family Business Center, the Supply and Value Chain Center, and the Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J., Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility. Founded in 1922, the school was an early pioneer in Jesuit business education and is firmly grounded in ethics. The school is named for Michael R. Quinlan, a double Loyola alumnus. To learn more about Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business, visit Twitter.com/LoyolaQuinlan, Facebook.com/LoyolaQuinlan, and LUC.edu/Quinlan.




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