Kennesaw State professor named American Council on Education Fellow
Jorge Perez identified among nation’s most promising senior faculty and administrators…
(Apr 3, 2013) —
Jorge Perez identified among nation’s most promising senior faculty and administrators
Kennesaw, Ga. (April 3, 2013)— Jorge Perez, associate professor of Information Systems at Kennesaw State University,
has been named an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2013-14 academic year.
Perez is one of fifty Fellows selected to this year’s program following a rigorous
Currently in the process of selecting a host institution for his fellowship, Perez
is a technology futurist with more than two decades of experience in the information
systems field as an analyst, developer, consultant and educator. A native of Cuba,
he has circled the globe presenting his widely published research on digital literacy
and information systems education.In 2012, Perez completed a three-year term as faculty
executive assistant to Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp, a cabinet-level role
that drove him to pursue other opportunities to grow as a leader.
“As faculty executive assistant to the President, Jorge was an invaluable member of
the administrative team. He was an excellent advisor who provided keen insight on
a variety of issues,” said Papp. “I am proud of his accomplishments and I am confident
that he will make an outstanding ACE Fellow.”
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.
“The 2013-14 class of Fellows is a talented, diverse group,” said Margarita Benítez,
interim director of ACE’s Emerging Leaders Group and the ACE Fellows Program. “The
ACE Fellows Program will strengthen their leadership skills, expand their networks
and prepare them to tackle the wide array of issues facing the higher education community.”
According to Benítez, most 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.
“The ACE Fellowship is a leadership intensive that will allow me to build on what
I learned as an advisor to the president and faculty liaison on his cabinet,” said
Perez. “I’m honored and thrilled to have been invited to join the 2013-14 ACE Fellows
Perez joined Kennesaw State in 1998. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees
from Florida State University. He currently serves on the board of directors of the
Atlanta-based Latin American Association.
The ACE Fellows Program combines 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 a single semester or year. Each
ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to the nominating institution while spending
the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior
officers at a host institution.
ACE Fellows also attend three week-long retreats on higher education issues organized
by ACE, read extensively in the field and engage in other activities to enhance their
knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education today.
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
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80
graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and
nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University
System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with
a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.