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American Council on Education Fellow Joins UCM This Fall

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (July 29, 2011) – As NCAA vice president for Division II, Mike Racy has a wealth of experience working with the nation’s collegiate athletic programs. Hoping to broaden his experience, he will get a more in-depth, inside-look at higher education this fall from University of Central Missouri leaders who are hosting him as a member of the 2011-2012 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship Class.

Racy, a native of Lawrence, Kan., is one of 50 individuals across the country who were selected as ACE Fellows. The Fellows Program was established in 1965, and is the longest running leadership development program in the United States focused on identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators to work in higher education. Individuals who are selected in this national competition are nominated by their respective presidents and chancellors.

Mike Racy
Mike Racy

 “I am looking forward to returning to the Central Missouri area to complete my ACE Fellowship at an outstanding university like UCM, and to work with a dynamic and engaging leader like Dr. Charles Ambrose (UCM president). It will help me to develop a greater understanding of the critical issues facing higher education and to focus on projects involving strategic governance for student success at UCM,” Racy said. He added that while on campus, he also hopes to work on ways to enhance presidential engagement with intercollegiate athletics at the conference and national levels.

Racy will begin the fellowship at UCM Sept. 6 and serve through mid-December. He will work out of the university president’s office in the Administration Building.

 “We are excited to have Mike Racy join us on campus,” Ambrose said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to work with him on projects that will ultimately enhance UCM students’ learning experience, while also introducing him to some of the challenges and opportunities facing higher education.”

Sharon A. McDade, director of ACE Fellows, said the program “offers individualized, accelerated learning that advances leadership readiness while building institutional capacity.” She said the fellowship 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 one year.

 More than 1,700 individuals have taken part in the program since its inception, and more than 300 of these participants became chief executive officers. Another 700 participants have served at the cabinet level and 1,100 went on to become provosts, vice presidents or deans.

Racy assumed his current post as NCAA Division II vice president in 2003. In this capacity, he serves as a member of the NCAA President’s Cabinet. He manages the Division II governance structure and the division’s $33 million annual budget; provides leadership in the consideration of policies, legislation and issues that affect Division II member institutions and conferences; and coordinates the national office staff support and services for the division’s membership.

He joined the NCAA Division II staff in 1996 as assistant chief of staff and was promoted to division chief of staff in 1999. In 1993, he was named to the NCAA staff as a legislative assistant, and was assigned by the NCAA Presidents Commission to assist with a special project to reorganize the governance structure for all three NCAA divisions and to rewrite the Association’s constitution.

Racy attended Washburn University and worked for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics after his graduation. He went on to earn a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in 1992, which was followed by his legal practice with Gage and Tucker (now Lathrop and Gage) law firm in
Kansas City as a general litigation attorney.