Willamette Welcomes ACE Fellow

Julie FilizettiDr. Julie Filizetti, associate provost for academic affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., has joined the Willamette University community as an ACE Fellow for the coming academic year.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Filizetti to our community," said University President M. Lee Pelton. "ACE Fellows are nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions and are selected in a national competition. Her leadership skills and her administrative experience in strategic planning and assessment will serve us well."

At Willamette, Filizetti will work primarily with the newly appointed 15-member Commission on Academic Excellence created by President Pelton in August. The commission is to identify academic activities or centers of excellence that strengthen the academic mission of Willamette. The centers, interdisciplinary in their design, will increase opportunities for faculty development, research and scholarship.

"Academic excellence is what defines Willamette University," said Pelton. "That doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement or increased efficiencies. The charge of the commission and Dr. Filizetti is to update the roadmap we will consult when making decisions that impact the intellectual life of this campus."

Commission members include Professors Robert Dash, Karen Hamlin, Karen Holman, Roger Hull, Ortwin Knorr, Jerry Gray, Peter Letsou, Fred Thompson, Trustee Joan McNamara, Dean Robert Hawkinson, Vice President Kristen Grainger and four students not yet selected. Professor Dash and Trustee McNamara will serve as co-chairs.

Filizetti joined the NPS faculty in 1991 and has held various roles in administration including institutional advancement, strategic planning and assessment. She is also widely recognized as a leader in the Navy's world-class education system. She is a graduate of the Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania. This program, designed and taught by some of the nation's foremost education leaders, focuses on developing senior leaders in higher education.

The ACE Fellow also spent 12 years as a naval officer, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. She is a member of the Santa Clara University Board of Regents.