Piccolo named American Council on Education Fellow

Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education (ACE), announced today that John Piccolo, director of Continuing Education at Penn State DuBois, has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2012-13.

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. Fifty-seven Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.

Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program, noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the more than 1,700 participants in the first 47 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents or deans.

"We’re extremely pleased with the strength of the incoming class," McDade said. "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."

As the director of Continuing Education at Penn State DuBois, Piccolo manages the outreach functions of the campus, with the primary mission of helping individuals, organizations, and communities obtain a competitive workforce advantage through education and training. Piccolo’s particular expertise is in conducting Return on Investment (ROI) Studies to help organizations show the value of training and education. He is an affiliate of the ROI Institute and certified to teach the Phillips ROI Methodology. Piccolo has conducted and published numerous studies on healthcare, manufacturing, oil and gas and the gaming industry.

Prior to joining the University, Piccolo was a sales engineer for GKN Sinter Metals. He also worked as a project manager for Windfall Products, Inc. and as a production manager for Metaldyne Sintered Components. Piccolo spent seven years as a pilot in the United States Army where he reached the rank of captain. He served as Aviation Company Operations Officer in Berlin, Germany during the unification of East and West Germany, and flew missions in support of Operation Desert Storm. He has a doctorate in workforce education and development from Penn State, a masters in public administration from Troy State University in Alabama, and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

"John has shown his potential for great leadership, and a passion for higher education, which is what the ACE Fellowship is all about," said Penn State DuBois Chancellor Anita McDonald, who nominated Piccolo for the fellowship. McDonald, herself, has previously served as an ACE Fellow. She continued, "I'm sure John will represent our campus and our University very well during his fellowship year."

Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to the nominating institution while spending time working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution. 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 semester or year. The Fellows are included in the highest level of decision making while participating in administrative activities and learning about an issue to benefit their home 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, visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.


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Last Updated January 09, 2015