Stone, the associate vice president for research at NIU, is among 31 emerging college and university leaders considered the next generation of senior leadership in higher education.
Beginning Tuesday, he will shadow Wright State President David Hopkins until next June.
“My goals are to learn about planning, change management, and innovative uses of space to promote student learning, cross-disciplinary research and innovation,” Stone said.
“Wright State is in the middle of a master planning effort and is also revisiting how they think about emergency planning and response,” Stone added. “I hope to get involved in these activities and bring back all that I learn at Wright State and through the ACE experience to NIU.”
Nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program since its inception, with more than 300 Fellows having served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents and deans.
The ACE Fellows Program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, visits to campuses and other higher education-related organizations, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year.
During the placement, Fellows observe and work with the president and other senior officers at their host institution, attend decision-making meetings and focus on issues of concern.
At the conclusion of the fellowship year, Fellows return to their home institution with new knowledge and skills that contribute to capacity-building efforts.
Stone joined NIU in 2006 as director of the Office of Sponsored Projects. In 2010, he was named associate vice president for research. Two years later, he added administrative responsibility for the Office of Research Compliance and Integrity and support of research operations. He also was appointed that year as an associate professor of public health with tenure in the School of Nursing and Health Studies.