CLEMSON – The American Council on Education (ACE) named Sharon Nagy, associate provost for Global Engagement at Clemson University, an ACE Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year. Following a nomination by the senior administration of their institutions and a rigorous application process, 39 Fellows were selected this year.

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Sharon Nagy

“Sharon has used her skills in international research and teaching to build Clemson’s highly impactful study abroad program,” said Robert Jones, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “She is now leveraging that foundation to grow our international outreach and scholarship.”

Nagy has served as Clemson University’s associate provost for the Office of Global Engagement since August 2012. Under her leadership, Clemson has articulated a bold vision of internationalization resulting in a tangible reinvigoration of energies across campus. She has also expanded the Office of Global Engagement beyond traditional student mobility services to include robust curricular internationalization and faculty development initiatives, such as the annual Global Learning Institute for Faculty, which provides opportunities for faculty to travel to global learning conferences and a platform for embedding international virtual exchanges into existing course and curricula.

With ethnographic research activities supported by Fulbright, Social Science Research Council, Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, Nagy’s ethnographic research on urbanization and migration in the Arabian Gulf States of Qatar and Bahrain is recognized as pioneering in the field.

“I’m honored to have been selected as an ACE Fellow,” said Nagy. “In nominating me for this fellowship, President (James P.) Clements and Provost Jones have expressed their confidence and encouragement of my leadership development and I am grateful for that. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to expand my knowledge of higher education and to grow personally and as a leader.”

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration through its distinctive and intensive nominator-driven, cohort-based mentorship model. More than 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program over the past five decades, with more than 80 percent of Fellows having gone on to serve as senior leaders of colleges and universities.

“The ACE Fellows Program epitomizes ACE’s goal of enriching the capacity of leaders to innovate and adapt, and it fuels the expansion of a talented and diverse higher education leadership pipeline,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “Each year I am impressed by how many former Fellows are named to prominent leadership roles, which makes it even more exciting to meet each new cohort. I’m left wondering, ‘Where will these Fellows end up?’”

During the placement, Fellows observe and work with the president and other senior officers at their host institution, attend decision-making meetings, and focus on issues of interest. Fellows also conduct projects of pressing concern for their home institution and seek to implement their findings upon completion of the fellowship placement.

At the conclusion of the fellowship year, Fellows return to their home institution with new knowledge and skills that contribute to capacity-building efforts, along with a network of peers across the country and abroad.

American Council on Education
The American Council on Education is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice. As the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, ACE represents more than 1,700 college and university presidents and related associations. For more information, please visit or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.