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2018 Awards

ACE State Network Leadership Award

The ACE State Network Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women in Higher Education recognizes an outstanding and innovative program, sponsored by an ACE State Network or by a college or university that helped advance or support women or women’s issues in higher education.

The ACE State Network Leadership Award will be presented during the ACE State Network Reception, Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Learn more about the ACE State Network Leadership Award


Donna Shavlik Award

This award was established by ACE in 1999 to honor the long and outstanding service of Donna Shavlik, past director of ACE’s former Office of Women in Higher Education. The award honors an individual whose leadership demonstrates a sustained commitment to advancing women in higher education through actions or initiatives enhancing women’s leadership and career development, campus climate, and mentoring of women at both the state and national levels.

The Donna Shavlik Award will be presented during the Women’s Leadership Dinner, Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Learn more about the Donna Shavlik Award


Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award

Established to honor Reginald Wilson, the founding director of the Office of Minority Concerns, this award honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership and commitment on a national level to the advancement of racial and ethnic minorities and other underrepresented populations in higher education.

The Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award will be presented during the Monday Morning Plenary, Monday, March 12, 2018.

Learn more about the Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award


ACE Student of the Year Award

Formerly the ACE Adult Learner of the Year, the ACE Student of the Year Award recognizes a student who has benefited academically and professionally from making use of ACE’s credit recommendations for workforce or military training. The ACE Student of the Year receives a scholarship to continue his or her education.

The ACE Student of the Year Award will be presented during the Closing Plenary, Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Learn more about the ACE Student of the Year Award


Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award

The Council of Fellows Mentor Award recognizes ACE member presidents’ and chancellors’ contributions to enhancing the diversity and capacity of future leaders of American higher education. Nominations are solicited annually by the Council of Fellows from all former Fellows. The award is presented annually at the Opening Plenary of the ACE Annual Meeting by the chair of the Council of Fellows.

The Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award will be presented during the Opening Plenary, Sunday, March 11, 2018.


ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation

The ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation recognize colleges or universities which, in a period of great change in higher education, have responded to challenges in innovative and creative ways that allow the institution to thrive. The winning institution from each category will receive $10,000.

The ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation will be presented during the Joint Luncheon Plenary, Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Learn more about the ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation


TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence

The TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence is named in honor of the late Theodore M. Hesburgh, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame (IN), esteemed leader in higher education, and former member of the TIAA and CREF Boards of Overseers for 28 years. This award is intended to recognize a current college or university president/chancellor who embodies the spirit of the late Reverend Hesburgh, his commitment to higher education, and his contributions to the greater good. The winner of the Hesburgh Award will receive a $20,000 cash prize for his or her institution.

The TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence will be presented during the Monday Luncheon Plenary, Monday, March 12, 2018.

Learn more about the TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence


ACE Lifetime Achievement Award

The ACE Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a college or university president/chancellor (current or emeritus) who throughout their career, has shown an un-wavering commitment to higher education and the greater good of higher education.

The ACE Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented during the Monday Luncheon Plenary, Monday, March 12, 2018.

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