Portland State President Wim Wiewel announced today that Eugenio E. Yarce Alfaro, an administrator from a rapidly growing private university in Puebla, Mexico, will spend a large portion of the academic year at PSU as an American Council on Education (ACE) fellow.
Yarce Alfaro is the Outreach Vice President at the Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla. He is one of 56 fellows chosen by ACE, and is one of only three from outside the United States.
The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutional capacity and build leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration.
Yarce Alfaro will spend part of the academic year working with President Wiewel and his senior officers, focusing on issues of concern at his home institution.
“My main goals in this program are to learn from an innovative university -- as PSU is -- the ways to develop a close relationship with the community, to coexist naturally with the surroundings, and to work in favor of the social and economical development of the region,” Yarce Alfaro said.
“Furthermore, PSU has an excellent leadership as well as a solid senior team that is more than supportive with the goals I intend to achieve here. Besides this, I consider myself a bicycle enthusiast, and what better place to ride than the friendly city of Portland.”
The fellowship is an honor for PSU as well.
“Selection as a host institution is a mark of the prestige of Portland State. An ACE fellow has selected this institution for its unique learning opportunities and the quality work that it is doing in educating students,” said Dr. Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellowship Program.