Castrigno-Sack Named ACE Fellow

OSWEGO — Suzanne Castrigno-Sack, a 1984 graduate of SUNY Oswego and a member of the Oswego College Foundation board of directors, has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2010-11.

The ACE Fellow 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.

Castrigno-Sack is one of 46 fellows selected this year following a rigorous application process.

Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program, noted that most previous fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the nearly 1,700 participants in the first 45 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents or deans.

Castrigno-Sack was appointed to the Oswego College Foundation board in 2009 and co-chairs the board’s development committee. For more than 25 years she served in leadership and management roles as a wealth and private banking specialist at such high-profile institutions as Smith Barney, Wachovia Securities and Bank of America.

With Bank of America, she was engaged in the management of businesses, creating and executing marketing and sales strategies, developing new products and services, serving clients and recruiting and training associates.

Castrigno-Sack holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oswego and a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University.

As an ACE fellow next year, she will focus on an issue of concern while spending the year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution to be determined.

The ACE Fellows Program combines retreats, campus visits and placement at another higher education institution to enhance fellows’ experience, skills development and knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education today. Fellows attend three weeklong retreats on higher education issues.

“We’re extremely pleased with the strength of the incoming class,” McDade said. “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.”

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for the nation’s higher education institutions. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.