The American Council on Education (ACE), a national organization representing more than 1,600 universities, has named Warren Newton, MD, MPH, Vice Dean for Education at the UNC School of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, an ACE Fellow for academic year 2012-13.
The prestigious ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed 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. Fifty-seven Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.
Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to UNC while spending the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution. Dr. Newton will focus on best practices among integrating health systems, as well as studying the relationship between universities and integrated health systems. During the next year, he will work with individuals at 10 different academic medical centers.
In his role as Vice Dean for Education, Dr. Newton is responsible for medical student education, continuing medical education and contributes to the direction of Graduate Medical Education. He is actively involved with North Carolina’s Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program. He has led the development of two new campuses of the School of Medicine in Charlotte and Asheville. Dr. Newton also leads the Department of Family Medicine which teaches medical students across the state in all four years and runs 16 residency and fellowship programs.
“We’re extremely pleased with the strength of the incoming class,” said Sharon A. McDade, Ed.D., director of the ACE Fellows Program. “The Fellows Program will sharpen and enhance their leadership skills and their network, and prepare them to address issues of concern to the higher education community.”