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April 23, 2014

Purdue professor named American Council on Education fellow

Jon Harbor

Jon Harbor 
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Jon Harbor, a Purdue University professor of earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences, was chosen as one of 31 fellows selected nationwide this year by the American Council on Education (ACE).

The program focuses on identifying and preparing fellows for senior leadership roles. The 2014-15 class will bring to almost 2,000 the number of higher education leaders who have participated in the program since its inception in 1965. More than 300 of the fellows have gone on to serve as chief executive officers of colleges and universities, and more than 1,300 have served as provosts, vice presidents or deans, according to ACE.

"Jon Harbor is a talented administrator with a track record of successful leadership," said Jeffrey Roberts, the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science. "He embodies what the American Council on Education stands for, and we are very proud of his achievement and our participation in this prestigious program."

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 year. Harbor will work with senior leadership at Purdue in the fall and with leadership at a to-be-determined host institution in the spring.

The program includes building expertise and experience in an issue relevant to each ACE fellow's institution. Harbor will focus on strategies to improve efficiency and effectiveness through enhanced summer use of campus resources, including increased summer teaching and a possible move to a year-round academic calendar.

Harbor has served the university as an associate vice president for research; interim dean of the College of Science; head of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences; interim director of the Global Sustainability Institute; and founding co-director of the Discovery Learning Research Center. This academic year he is currently a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow at Stockholm University. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Geographical Society and the Purdue Teaching Academy. He has been awarded the Provost's Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor and a Murphy Teaching Award and was inducted into Purdue's "Book of Great Teachers." He also was a Fulbright Senior Scholar from 2000-2001 in New Zealand.

His research interests are in applied hydrology, environmental education and glacial geology. He currently co-directs an international research team focused on reconstructing past changes of glaciers in the mountains of Central Asia and the Tibetan Plateau. 

Writer: Elizabeth K. Gardner, 765-494-2081, ekgardner@purdue.edu 

Sources: Jeffrey Roberts, 765-494-1730, jtrob@purdue.edu

Jon Harbor, jharbor@purdue.edu