UNCP’s Dr. Alfred Bryant named an ACE Fellow


Dr. Alfred Bryant, a faculty member in UNC Pembroke’s School of Education, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for 2008-09.

Alfred BryantFounded in 1965, the ACE Fellows program was established to strengthen institutions and leadership in higher education by identifying promising senior faculty and administrators and preparing them for key positions in university administration. Former UNC President Molly Board is president of ACE.

Dr. Bryant was nominated by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Charles Harrington. During his fellowship year, Dr. Bryant will work directly with senior level cabinet administrators on an extensive array of higher education issues.

“This is a great program, and it’s a real honor and an opportunity for me,” Dr. Bryant said. “My goal is to learn things that I can bring back to UNCP.”

The application process is rigorous and selective. There are three interviews pertaining to national issues in higher education, local campus issues and personal goals.

Dr. Bryant said there are several subjects that he will focus on during the fellowship including fund-raising, student recruitment and retention, budgeting and finance and student affairs.

Dr. Harrington said it is a great opportunity for Dr. Byrant and an honor for UNCP to place a faculty member in such a prestigious program.

“Acceptance into the ACE Fellows program is a great honor for Dr. Bryant,” Dr. Harrington said. “Participation in this program represents a major commitment on behalf of the faculty member. I am certain that he will gain a much greater understanding of and appreciation for the most pressing issues facing higher education.

“He will undoubtedly return to campus filled with great experiences and very good ideas,” he said.

A Pembroke native, Dr. Bryant began his career in education as a high school counselor and worked with UNCP’s Freshman Seminar program and NC State University’s First Year Experience.

He earned a Ph.D. in counselor education from NC State. He is a tenured associate professor at UNCP and teaches educational psychology and research.

Dr. Bryant has authored several articles for publication and received grants for work in developmental psychology. He successfully wrote a large grant for UNCP’s Youth Opportunity Program and smaller grants on health issues in the local community.

Besides teaching duties, Dr. Bryant serves the School of Education on several committees and as director of assessment. He is a member of numerous University committees, including the Tenure and Promotion Committee, and the Undergraduate Research Advisory Committee.

Thirty-six ACE Fellows were selected this year in a national competition. Dr. Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program, said “we’re extremely pleased with the incoming class. The individuals selected have demonstrated strong leadership. The Fellows Program will sharpen and enhance their leadership skills and their network, and prepare them to address issues of concern to the higher education community.”

Fellows attend three week-long seminars on higher education issues organized by ACE, read extensively in the field and engage in other activities to enhance their knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education today.

Founded in 1918, ACE is the leading coordinating body for the nation’s higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents nationwide. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.