The American Council on Education has awarded Melanie Harris a 2017-18 ACE Fellowship. The ACE Fellows Program is the longest-running leadership development program for higher education in the United States.
Harris is one of 46 university leaders selected this year. She is the founding director of African American and Africana Studies and associate professor of religion and ethics at TCU. She has published several books in the areas of environmental ethics, Christian social ethics and inclusive excellence and leadership. A former broadcast journalist, Harris combines her experience in communications to facilitate consultations engaging race, religion and pedagogy.
Harris is also an accomplished singer and is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and a master’s degree from Iliff School of Theology in Colorado, as well as a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
The ACE Fellows Program prepares nearly 1,900 faculty, staff and administrators for senior positions in college and university leadership. The intensive mentorship program condenses years of on-the-job experience, including resource deployment, increasing productivity and developing strategies to effect change, into a single year.
Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, representing nearly 1,800 college and university presidents and related associations, and providing leadership on key education issues and influencing public policy through advocacy.