Karrie Gibson Dixon, an administrator with the University of North Carolina system, will be at Wake Forest during the 2016-17 academic year as a fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE).
Dixon, vice president for academic and student success for the 17-campus UNC system, will work on a variety of projects at Wake Forest with Provost Rogan Kersh and Executive Vice President Hof Milam. As an ACE fellow, she will be on campus several days each month.
Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration. Thirty-three Fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.
The 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 semester or year. Dixon will focus on an issue of concern to the UNC system while spending the next academic year working with Wake Forest administrators.
Dixon has served as the UNC system’s vice president for academic and student success since 2014. In that role, Dixon serves as UNC’s chief student affairs officer and leads student success initiatives; oversees efforts to increase student access and retention; and fosters innovative collaborations among the UNC system, the N.C. Community College System, the state’s independent colleges and universities, and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Dixon has been instrumental in leading many projects and policy changes that have positively impacted students throughout the University and statewide.