Two Indian-Americans among those chosen for prestigious ACE fellowship

Two Indian-Americans found their names among the 46 emerging college and university leaders selected by American Council on Education (ACE) for its prestigious fellowship, the longest-running leadership development programme in the US.

Ritu Raju of Houston Community college (HCC) in Houston Texas and Sundeep R Muppidi of the University of Hartford in Hartford Connecticut were named Fellows as part of the ACE Fellows Programme 2017-18 class.

ACE President Molly Corbett Broad
ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. Photo courtesy:

“Fulfilling higher education's 21st-century mission depends upon a visionary, bold and diverse global community of institutional leaders, and the ACE Fellows Programme plays a key role in cultivating these leaders,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad.

“The diverse and talented 2017-18 Fellows Class demonstrates why the programme has made such a vital contribution for more than a half-century to expanding the leadership pipeline for our colleges and universities,” Broad said.
Ritu is the division chair of speech, communication and sign language at the community college. She has been at HCC since 2006. She has served as a graduate instructor at Sam Houston State University, an adjunct professor at the University of Houston-Downtown and an academic liaison at the Society for Technical Communication.

Ritu Raju of Houston Community college
Ritu Raju of Houston Community college. Photo courtesy:

Ritu earned her bachelor’s from Bangalore University and a bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston-Downtown, a master's from Sam Houston State University and her doctorate from Texas Tech University.

Sundeep is a professor of communications and an associate dean for academic planning and curriculum at the university's College of Arts and Sciences. He has been with the University of Hartford since 1998. He has also served as the secretary-general of the Asian Media Information and Communication Center and adjunct associate professor at Nanyang Technological University.

Sundeep R Muppidi of the University of Hartford
Sundeep R Muppidi of the University of Hartford. Photo courtesy:

Sundeep earned a bachelor's from Osmania University, a master's from the University of Hyderabad, a doctorate from Bowling Green State University and a management development programme certificate from the Harvard University.

Since its inception in 1965, the ACE Fellows Programme has strengthened institutions in American higher education by identifying and preparing nearly 1,900 faculty, staff and administrators for senior positions in college and university leadership through its distinctive and intensive nominator- driven, cohort-based mentorship model.