Floyd Named American Council on Education Fellow

 

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Apr. 23, 2014 – The American Council on Education (ACE), announced today that Tony Floyd, vice president for administration and legal counsel at Coker College, has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2014-15. Floyd will be the first ACE Fellow in Coker College history.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing emerging leaders for senior positions in college and university administration. Thirty-one Fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.

Joan Wodiska, ACE vice president and chief leadership officer, noted that many previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program since its inception, with more than 300 Fellows having served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents and deans.

“For nearly 50 years, the ACE Fellows Program has transformed lives and grown future leaders,” said Joan Wodiska, ACE vice president and chief leadership officer. “The ACE Fellows Program is unique. The program immerses Fellows in learning experiences to gain insight and understanding into the changing environment of higher education.”

Floyd has been the vice president for administration and legal counsel at Coker College since September 2012. In addition to his responsibilities as vice president, he is an adjunct professor at Coker, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses on sports law, business law and the First Amendment. Before coming to Coker, he practiced law for nearly 25 years, including 19 years at his firm Floyd & Gardner. He has also served on several local and state foundations and boards, including the Hartsville City Council (1995-99), the Byerly Foundation Board of Directors (2007-12) and the University of South Carolina Board of Visitors (2010-13). Floyd earned a juris doctor from Campbell University’s School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina.

“I am delighted for Tony. I went through the ACE Fellows Program myself and realize what a game-changing experience this will be for him,” said Robert Wyatt, president of Coker College. “I know he will develop as a professional and as a leader in a way that is unparalleled in all of higher education. Being able to interact with some of the most prestigious institutions and their distinct cultures will allow him to grow as an individual and ultimately come back with knowledge and expertise to positively impact our campus.”

Wyatt, who nominated Floyd for the program, was a 2007-08 ACE Fellow at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., one year before accepting the position as president of Coker College.

The ACE Fellows Program combines three retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE, 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 semester or year. Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to the (nominating/sponsoring institution) while spending the next academic year (or semester or some other time frame) working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution.

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 more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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