Four named Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program Fellows

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Academic Leadership Program has gained four additional Fellows from the Penn State ranks. The BTAA is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities. Through its leadership program, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.

Those selected from Penn State for the 2017-18 program have been chosen because of their significant contributions and potential to undertake key leadership responsibilities at the University. Participants are:

  • Linghao Zhong, assistant director of academic affairs and associate professor of chemistry, Penn State Mont Alto
  • Brian Cameron, associate dean of professional graduate programs and clinical professor of management information systems, Smeal College of Business
  • Zoubeida Ounaies, associate head for administration of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering, College of Engineering
  • Michael Bérubé, director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities and Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature, College of the Liberal Arts

The Fellows will participate in three seminars during the 2017-18 academic year: “Contemporary Issues and Ideas in the Evolving University,” which will be hosted by the University of Iowa on Oct. 12-14; “Internal and External Relationships,” hosted by the University of Michigan on Feb. 8-10, 2018; and “Creating the University: Money, Management and Strategies,” hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on April 12-14, 2018.

The program is specifically geared toward answering the challenges of academic administration at major research universities. Fellows are appointed to terms of one year and funding is provided by the participating institutions.

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