Mills College to Host ACE Fellow, Dr. John Marx

Oakland, CA—September 6, 2018

Elizabeth L. Hillman president of Mills College, recently announced that Dr. John Marx, a 2018−19 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, will spend the full academic year, on campus. Dr. Marx was nominated and selected as one of just 43 ACE fellows nationwide this year.

“The ACE fellows program has a storied history of elevating creative and diverse leaders into the academy through intentional mentoring and community-building” said President Hillman. “Dr. Marx chose Mills to learn more about planning, consultation, budgeting, and development in a small college, and he selected Mills where he wants to learn more about higher education leadership.”

“Selection as a host institution is a sign of the outstanding reputation and commitment to excellence at Mills College,” said Sherri Lind Hughes, director of the ACE Fellows Program and a 2002-03 Fellow. “An ACE Fellow  chooses an institution not only for its rigorous academic environment, high-quality efforts to educate students, but also its strong desire to invest in the future of higher education senior leadership as well.”

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutional and leadership capacity in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration. Forty-three Fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, will comprise the 2018−19 cohort at colleges and universities across the nation.

Nearly 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 served as senior leaders of colleges and universities.

Dr. John Marx is a faculty leader at UC Davis, where he's been a member of the faculty since 2007 and has most recently chaired the English department, the largest humanities department at UC Davis. He's also taught at the University of Richmond, Trinity College, Wheaton College, and Brown University, where he earned his PhD in English literature. His most recent book, co-authored with Mark Garrett Cooper, is Media U: How the Need to Win Audiences Shaped Higher Education (Columbia University Press, 2018).

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 academic year. The Fellows are included in the highest level of decision-making while participating in administrative activities at their host institutions. Time is also spent investigating a specified issue of benefit to their nominating institutions for implementation upon the Fellows’ return to campus at the conclusion of the Fellowship placement.

“Through the inclusion of Fellows and hosts from a variety of institution types, the program is helping to develop a climate of collaboration across sectors and regions. I am confident this diverse and talented group of higher education professionals will help build the leadership capacity necessary to solve complex problems and thrive in a changing landscape,” said Hughes.

About Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women and self-identified women with graduate programs for all genders. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of The Best 382 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit

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 related associations. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.