The American Council on Education (ACE) announced that Dr. Mitzi Montoya and Dr. Fay Cobb Payton, both on the faculty in College of Management, have been named ACE Fellows for academic year 2009-10. Montoya is the Zelnak Professor of Marketing Innovation and assistant dean for research at the college. Payton is associate professor of information technology. Both are in the college’s Department of Business Management.
The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. This year, 38 fellows nominated by their university’s senior leadership were selected in a national competition.
“We are very pleased to recognize these two faculty members. They each have exhibited tremendous leadership potential in their careers thus far. Mitzi’s career has focused on the development of collaborative research and education in the area of services and innovation management, and Fay’s focus has been on diversity in the IT field. We trust that their year as ACE Fellows will enable them to further define their career path and strengthen their leadership skills so that they can continue to make an impact,” said Provost Larry Nielsen.
As ACE Fellows, Montoya and Payton will focus on an issue of concern to NC State while spending the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at another institution.