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Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award

This award honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership and commitment on a national level to the advancement of racial and ethnic minorities and other under-represented populations in higher education.

Established to honor Dr. Reginald Wilson, the founding director of the Office of Minority Concerns, the award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to diversity in American higher education. Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, was the 2015 recipient of the Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award. 

The award will be presented at the closing plenary luncheon of ACE2016, the 98th ACE Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Nominations for the Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award are now closed.


Award Recipients


Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania

Charlene M. Dukes, President, Prince George’s Community College (MD)
2013 Johnnetta B. Cole, Director, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
2012 James M. Rosser, President, California State University, Los Angeles
2011 Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President, Syracuse University (NY)
2010 Bob Suzuki, President Emeritus, California Polytechnic University, Pomona
2009 Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
2008 Eduardo J. Padron, President, Miami Dade College (FL)
2007 William E. Cox, President/CEO, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
Frank L. Matthews, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
James Moeser, Former Chancellor, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Diana S. Natalicio, President, The University of Texas at El Paso
2005 Tomas Arciniega, President Emeritus, California State University-Bakersfield
Jacquelyn M. Belcher, President Emeritus, Georgia Perimeter College
Kenneth R.R. Gros Louis, Chancellor Emeritus, Indiana University-Bloomington
2003 Juliet V. Garcia, Former President, The University of Texas at Brownsville
Frank H.T. Rhodes, President Emeritus, Cornell University
John B. Slaughter, Former President and CEO, The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., Former Chancellor, University of Maryland College Park; and former President, Occidental University
Tom Joyner, Nationally Syndicated Radio Personality and Philanthropist
2001 Jewel Plummer Cobb, President and Professor of Biological Science Emerita, and Fullerton and Trustee Professor, California State University- Fullerton
James J. Duderstadt, President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., Former Vice Chancellor for Educational and Student Development, Maricopa Community Colleges, and Research Professor, Arizona State University Main Campus

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