Portland State hosts ACE fellow Laxmi Ramasubramanian
Author: John Kirkland
Posted: September 3, 2013

(September 3, 2013) -- Laxmi Ramasubramanian, director of the Urban Sustainability Extension Service at Hunter College, part of City University of New York (CUNY), will spend the 2013-14 academic year at PSU as an American Council on Education (ACE) fellow.

She is one of 50 ACE fellows throughout the United States chosen for the coming year. Ramasubramanian’s selection is an honor to both her and Portland State.

“Selection as a host institution is a sign of the standing and reputation of the university. An ACE fellow chooses an institution for its rigorous academic environment and high-quality efforts to educate students,” said Margarita Benítez, interim director of ACE’s Emerging Leaders Group and the ACE Fellows Program.

Ramasubramanian (photo, right) is an associate professor at Hunter College’s Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, and is member of the doctoral faculty in the Environmental Psychology Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. 

Her three goals for her fellowship year are to work closely with PSU senior administration to get a high-level view of how an urban public university is managed; gain an understanding of how sustainability is woven into the academic and social mission of the University; and learn how PSU facilitates collaboration across disciplinary boundaries to maintain its commitment to urban sustainability.

She plans to use this experience to expand and bolster Hunter College’s campus-wide commitment to urban sustainability and outreach. 

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. This year’s 50 fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected in a national competition. 

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.