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The Donna Shavlik Award

This award recognizes sustained and continuing commitment to women's advancement in higher education, either in colleges and universities or in national positions.

​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 award is presented each year at the Women’s Leadership Dinner held during the ACE Annual Meeting.

Award Recipients



Elaine P. Maimon, Governors State University (IL) 

Karen Haynes, President, California State University San Marcos​

2012  ​ ​Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College (GA)
​2011  ​ ​Susan L. Perry, Senior Advisor, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
​2010  ​ ​Blenda J. Wilson, President Emerita, California State University, Northridge Educational Policy Consultant & Board Chair, HERS
​2009  ​ ​Peggy Ryan Williams, President Emerita, Ithaca College (NY)
​2008  ​ ​Adrian Tinsley, President Emerita, Bridgewater State College (MA)
2007  ​​ ​Yolanda T. Moses, Past President of the American Anthropological Association (VA), Professor of Anthropology and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Excellence at the University of California, Riverside
2006​  ​​ ​Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami
​2005  ​ ​Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Vice President, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) (DC)
2004  ​​ ​Bette E. Landman, President, Arcadia University (PA)
2003  ​
​Bernice (Bunny) Sandler, Senior Scholar, Women's Research and Education Institute (DC)
2002​  ​​ Cynthia Secor, Founder, Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration Bryn Mawr College (PA) and HERS New England Management Institute for Women in Higher Education, Wellesley College (MA)
2001  Jan Holmgren, President, Mills College (CA)
​2000  ​ ​Judy Touchton, former Associate Director, ACE's former Office of Women in Higher Education
​1999  ​ ​Donna Shavlik, former Director, ACE's former Office of Women in Higher Education

For additional information, please send an email to or call 202-939-9390.

Contact us about The Donna Shavlik Award
Molly Corbett Broad, Donna Shavlik, Elaine Maimon (President, Governors State University) and Kim Bobby.

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