by Ashley Barker
One of the 57 American
Council on Education (ACE) fellows for the
2012-13 academic year has chosen to spend
three months at MUSC learning about the
challenges and opportunities at
Stephanie F. Gardner,
PharmD, dean and professor of the College
of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas
for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will spend
November, January and April at MUSC,
shadowing President Ray Greenberg, M.D.,
Ph.D, and working closely with the
interprofessional education program.
"Dr. Gardner has just
arrived on campus, but already she has had
an opportunity to observe a great deal
about what makes MUSC such a special
place, particularly in the area of
collaboration across disciplines,"
Greenberg said. "I am pleased that she
decided to spend this prestigious
fellowship here – it is a real honor for
our institution, and it increases the
visibility of our campus not only to Dr.
Gardner, but to other fellows with whom
she will interact."
Gardner, who has been a
member of the UAMS faculty for more than
20 years, was selected to join the
prestigious ACE Fellows Program, which was
established in 1965 to "strengthen
institutions and leadership in American
higher education by identifying and
preparing promising senior faculty and
administrators for responsible positions
in college and university administration."
Gardner, dean and professor of the
College of Pharmacy at the University of
Arkansas for Medical Sciences, left, was
named a 2012 American Council on
Education fellow. Dr. Emily Moore,
professor and associate dean for
academic and faculty affairs at MUSC,
was named a fellow in 1989.
Each fellow is asked to
pick 20 institutions that they are
interested in visiting. After researching
them, the fellow then narrows the list
down to three before making an official
"I heard that Dr.
Greenberg was a phenomenal leader,"
Gardner said. "He has over a decade of
experience at MUSC in his current role.
He's very well respected across the
country." When Gardner met Greenberg in
person she knew picking MUSC was the right
decision. "I could tell that he was
someone who would be easy to talk with and
that he would help me further grow as a
reason why she chose MUSC was Amy Blue,
Ph.D., and her work in interprofessional
"During my interview
here, she and several other faculty took
me to dinner, and we talked for a couple
hours about interprofessional education,"
Gardner said. "I knew that this would be
the perfect place to learn about that as
She plans on learning as much as possible
about interprofessional education at MUSC
so that she can take her new knowledge
back to UAMS. But she will also focus on
developing her career and deciding the
path that she will take.
"My ultimate goal is to
find out more about the role of a provost
and a president — normal day-to-day
responsibilities and what their job is
like," she said.
Gardner will shadow
Greenberg for approximately 20 to 30
percent of her fellowship time, attending
meetings and being included in the highest
level of decision making for the campus.
During the remainder of her time, she will
attend interprofessional activities and
schedule meetings with faculty members and
"As she prepares for
the next step in her career, I hope that
the experiences that she gains here will
help to further develop her already strong
leadership skills," Greenberg said.
As a fellow, Gardner's
career path looks promising. Sharon A.
McDade, Ed.D., director of the program,
said in a release that "of the more than
1,700 participants in the first 47 years
of the program, more than 300 have become
chief executive officers and more than
1,100 have become vice presidents or
Although she is the
first fellow to pick MUSC as its host
institution, Gardner is not the only ACE
Fellows Program member on campus. Emily
Moore, Ed.D., professor and associate dean
for academic and faculty affairs, College
of Health Professions, and William
Hueston, M.D., professor for the
Department of Family Medicine, were named
fellows in 1989 and 2008, respectively.
Gardner called Houston prior to deciding
on MUSC to get some advice about the
community and scheduled a meeting with
Moore during her second week on campus.
Moore said she tells
new fellows two things. "One is the key of
preparation. Selected fellows are
knowledgeable, savvy, determined,
passionate about higher education issues,
and decisive in decision making," she
said. "Thus, it is understandable that a
person must be at the right point in their
career for the fellowship to have the
greatest meaning. …Secondly, it is not
just the fellows who gain from the
program, but also the host institution,
the home university as well as the higher
education agenda and the students it
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