Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Frank Shushok was recently named to a distinguished list of 46 2017-18 ACE Fellows, recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE).

As part of Virginia Tech’s Division of Student Affairs, Shushok provides leadership for Housing and Residence Life, Strengths-Based Learning, Career and Professional Development, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Dining Services, and Student Conduct, with a staff of 2,500 full- and part-time employees and a budget of more than $100 million. In addition to his roles in the Division of Student Affairs, Shushok also serves as an associate professor of higher education at Virginia Tech.

In July 2013, Shushok was selected to be the executive editor of About Campus, a bimonthly magazine dedicated to educators examining the issues, policies, and practices that influence the learning experiences of college students. About Campus has a readership of more than 10,000.

"This is a very prestigious honor for both Frank and Virginia Tech as an institution. I'm honored to call him my colleague and friend," said Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo.

Shushok holds a Ph.D. in higher education policy analysis from the University of Maryland, College Park; a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University; and a bachelor’s degree in history education from Baylor University.

Since 1965, nearly 2,000 vice presidents, deans, department chairs, faculty, and other emerging leaders in education have participated in the ACE Fellows Program, a customized learning experience that enables participants to immerse themselves in the culture, policies, and decision-making processes of another institution.

"Fulfilling higher education’s 21st-century mission depends upon a visionary, bold and diverse global community of institutional leaders, and the ACE Fellows Program plays a key role in cultivating these leaders,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad.

Fellows observe and participate in key meetings and events and take on special projects and assignments while under the mentorship of a team of experienced campus or system leaders. As part of the program, Fellows participate in three multiday seminars, engage in team-based case studies, visit other campuses, and attend national meetings, developing a network of higher education leaders across the U.S. and abroad.

Written by Holly Paulette