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Hawkins gets prestigious fellowship

OSHKOSH – University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Support and Diversity Muriel Hawkins is one of 39 college and university senior faculty and administrators named a 2007-08 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.

Muriel Hawkins


Nominated by UW Oshkosh Chancellor Richard H. Wells, Hawkins will become the first ACE Fellow from UW Oshkosh.

At the top of Hawkins’ list of projects for the nationally renowned program is the development of a faculty exchange program with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and best practices for retaining and graduating students of color.

Hawkins will be placed for the fellowship at an HBCU that is yet to be determined.

“Dr. Hawkins’ selection for this prestigious fellowship shows the esteem in which her work is held,” said Provost Lane Earns. “The projects that she will undertake will be of great benefit to UW Oshkosh as we seek a more diverse campus.”

Established in 1965, the program—the longest running leadership development program in the U.S.—focuses on identifying and preparing senior leadership for higher education. It’s considered the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program.

“Enrollment of students of color has increased significantly at UW Oshkosh, but most importantly, we want to ensure that students of color are successful and graduate at the same rate as their peers,” Hawkins said. “We also want to increase faculty diversity, which will be of benefit to all students.”

During the placement, she will work with the institution’s president and other senior officers and will be included in the highest level of decision-making at that campus.

She also will participate in leadership and management activities in order to learn more about challenges and opportunities confronting higher education.

In addition to her administrative work at UW Oshkosh, Hawkins has held positions in administration, teaching and clinical practice at Chicago State University, Medical University of South Carolina, Meharry Medical College and Malcolm X College.

She has been named a Kellogg Fellow, and her presentations, articles and service activities focus on student success, allied health, diversity and other social justice issues.

Hawkins holds a bachelor’s degree in radiological sciences from Chicago Medical School; a master’s degree in counseling from The Citadel and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University of Chicago.

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.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is the third largest university in the state with a total enrollment of more than 12,400 (11,000 on campus) students. With 1,300 graduate students, UW Oshkosh has the largest graduate program of the 11 comprehensive universities in the UW System. The University’s 73 associate, baccalaureate and master's degree programs are organized within four outstanding colleges - Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Letters and Sciences and Nursing. Founded in 1871, the University serves as the arts and cultural center for 1.2 million citizens of northeast Wisconsin. Its NCAA Division III athletic program is among the best in the nation. For more information, see

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