Webster University Provost and Senior Vice President Julian Schuster announced that Debbie Psihountas, associate professor of finance in the University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2012-2013. Psihountas is one of only 57 people throughout U.S. higher education chosen for this honor.
“We celebrate Debbie’s achievement and see her selection for one of the highest awards in academics as yet another example of Webster’s deliberate path toward achieving global academic and operational excellence,” Schuster said upon making the announcement. “External approval of our faculty like this from ACE validates our approach and commitment to attracting, retaining and developing the best class of faculty in the world. It is another living testimony to the high quality of our programs, our students and our faculty.”
ACE is the major coordinating body for all of the nation’s higher education institutions. The ACE Fellows Program strengthens American higher education by identifying, then preparing, promising senior faculty and administrators like Psihountas for advanced positions in college and university administration. Of the more than 1,700 participants in the first 47 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents or deans.
Psihountas joined Webster University in August 2001 and has served as chair of the business department, in addition to serving as acting chair of business/management programs for Webster’s campus in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business, an MBA (Quantitative Analysis) and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Cincinnati. Psihountas has been recognized as one of St. Louis’ Most Inclusive Leaders in 2009, and as a Woman of Achievement by the University of Missouri-St. Louis Hellenic Spirit Foundation.
Read more about Psihountas and her appointment in the Webster University news release.