Carleton's Eslinger '92 Selected As ACE Fellow for 2014-15

Apr. 23, 2014

Northfield, Minn.––Elise Eslinger ’92, associate vice president and chief of staff at Carleton College, has been announced as an American Council on Education (ACE) fellow for 2014-15.

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. Eslinger will focus her year away from Carleton in the areas of development, volunteer engagement and intra-institutional collaboration efforts while spending the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution.

After working at the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) for a year in the president’s office, Eslinger returned to Carleton in 1993. She served stints in college relations as a projects assistant and as a hall director in residential life before holding positions as director of stewardship (1995-97) and as associate director of the alumni annual fund (1997-99). In 1999 she moved to the admissions office, overseeing the alumni admissions program and eventually serving as a senior assistant dean of admissions. In 2004 she transitioned to the president’s office, first serving as a special assistant for planning and administration before being elevated to her current role in 2007. She earned her MBA from the University of St. Thomas in 2003, focusing on non-profit management.

“This is one of the nation's premier higher education leadership development programs, so it's wonderful to see that our own supremely-talented Elise Eslinger will have this unparalleled opportunity to further burnish her considerable skills,” said Carleton president Steven G. Poskanzer.

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.

“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.”

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 or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.

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