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Associate Dean Karen Hollebrands Selected to Join 2023 Cohort of ACC Academic Leaders Network

NC State College of Education interim associate dean for research and innovation, Karen Hollebrands, Ph.D.

Karen Hollebrands, associate dean for research and innovation in the NC State College of Education, has been selected to join the 2023 cohort of the ACC Academic Leaders Network.  

The Academic Leaders Network (ALN) is a collaborative leadership program for faculty at Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) institutions who aspire to leadership roles in higher education. Launched in 2018, the ALN program is designed to facilitate cross-institutional collaboration while building leadership capacity, and enables participants to deepen their understanding of higher education administration and broaden awareness of higher education leadership needs and changes. 

Five participants are selected annually from each of the 15 ACC member institutions. 

“I am very honored to have been selected to participate in this year’s cohort from NC State,” Hollebrands said. “As a member of the ALN, I will have the opportunity to meet and learn from other academic leaders in the ACC, engage with the cross-institutional communities of practice and share ideas about how we can work together to solve common challenges.”

ACC fellows will participate in a variety of multi-institutional events, beginning March 16 and ending in early November. Sessions aim to further knowledge of various leadership styles, building equity-minded leadership capacity, leading and navigating complex challenges in higher education and collaborating on complex challenges for leaders in academia. 

“I look forward to learning how other research-intensive universities within the ACC promote innovation, collaboration and interdisciplinary research to address complex problems. I am also looking forward to considering creative ways we can partner and connect across institutions to continue to expand our research and further enhance the college’s external funding portfolio,” Hollebrands said.