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Colombian Higher Education Professional a 2011-2012 ACE Fellow at UNH

Release Date:
8/16/2011 12:00 AM

Aug. 16, 2011

University of New Haven: Maria del Rosario Bozón Maria del Rosario Bozón

WEST HAVEN, CONN. - -  The head of continuing education at a university in Bogotá, Colombia, will spend the 2011-12 academic year as an American Council of Education  (ACE) fellow at the University of New Haven.

Maria del Rosario Bozón of the Universidad El Bosque will work with President Steven H. Kaplan and other members of the UNH senior leadership team.  She will make periodic visits to the university and will ultimately spend at least 12 weeks at UNH.  

“The ACE fellows program is one of the most prestigious training programs in higher education,” said Kaplan.  “It is an honor to host a fellow.  We anticipate learning as much from Maria as she hopes to learn from us.”

Bozón selected UNH to learn about continuing education and corporate training programs, partnerships with communities, business, industry and government and UNH’s management and organizational structure.

Universidad El Bosque, a private, co-educational university founded in 1977, is seeking accreditation within the next two years and, having recently completed a self-assessment, is now strengthening its organizational structure, government affairs program and its international programs, Bozon said.

The ACE Fellows program, begun in 1965, is a leadership development program that provides fellows an opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture, policies and decision–making processes of another institution.  To date, more than 300 of the 1,500 fellows have served as chief executive officers at more than 350 institutions.

Bozón, who was nominated for the fellowship by Carlos Felipe Escobar Roa, the president of Universidad el Bosque, will begin the year-long fellowship in August. She has been the director of continuing education for nine years and also has experience as a marketing executive.

She has worked with a number of companies to provide education for their employees including Merck, Pfizer, J&J Tecnofarma, Nestle and others.

While at UNH, Bozón would like to work on continuing education policies, strategies and new services, fundraising, which is rarely done by colleges and universities in her country, and on determining ways to influence educational policy in Colombia, which limits access to the higher education system to about 35 percent of high school graduates. 

A leader in experiential education, the University of New Haven provides its students with a valuable combination of solid liberal arts and real-world, hands-on professional training. Founded in 1920, UNH is a private, top-tier comprehensive university with an 82-acre main campus. The university has an enrollment of more than 5,900: approximately 1,700 graduate students and more than 4,200 undergraduates, 70 percent of whom reside in university housing. The university offers 75 undergraduate graduate degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the Tagliatela College of Engineering and University College. University of New Haven students study abroad through a variety of distinctive programs.