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Judy Genshaft to Receive Donna Shavlik Award at ACE2017

February 22, 2017

Judy Genshaft

Oregon State University’s Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program Also to Be Recognized

ACE announced today that Judy Genshaft, president of the University of South Florida (USF) System, will receive the 2017 Donna Shavlik Award.

The award will be presented at ACE2017, ACE’s 99th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, during the Women’s Leadership Dinner on Saturday, March 11.

ACE established the Donna Shavlik Award to honor the long and outstanding service of Donna Shavlik, former director of ACE's Office of Women in Higher Education. Presented annually, the award honors an individual who demonstrates a sustained commitment to advancing women in higher education, through leadership and career development, campus climate and mentoring.

Under Genshaft’s leadership since 2000, USF has become one of the fastest growing research universities in the nation with a rapidly expanding international reputation for academics, research and innovation. With its strong commitment to applied research, USF has been instrumental in the economic development of the Tampa Bay region as well as playing an influential leadership role among American universities.

Throughout her career, Genshaft has provided invaluable leadership through her insights and dedication to promoting and supporting women on her campus and in the community. For instance, in 2005 Genshaft co-founded the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy program at USF, which focuses on engaging and educating its members in support of women and women's initiatives throughout the USF System and beyond.

Regionally, nationally and globally recognized as an outstanding woman leader, Genshaft was the first woman to chair the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I Board. She has also been recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as the 2007 Business Woman of the Year, and received the Tampa World Trade Center’s Betty Castor Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also the recipient of the Amiga Award for Non-Hispanic women whose outstanding efforts have improved the quality of life in the Hispanic community and the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate in Literature from Yeungnam University, South Korea.

“Judy Genshaft has worked tirelessly and effectively to develop the next generation of women leaders,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. “She is an inspiring role model and frequent mentor through her own achievements and her sustained commitment to creating paths to success for so many others.”

Christine Brennan will give the keynote address at the Women’s Leadership Dinner. Brennan’s speech will focus on the advancement of women in the United States and life lessons learned as a result of Title IX affording more women the opportunity to engage in intercollegiate athletics.


Left to right: Lynn Gangone, vice president, ACE Leadership; Donna Shavlik; Judy Genshaft, president, University of South Florida System; Molly Corbett Broad, president of ACE; Christina Cutlip, senior managing director and head of National Advocacy and Federal Relations Liaison, TIAA.

2017 ACE State Network Leadership Award

The 2017 ACE State Network Leadership Award will be given to Oregon State University’s (OSU) Difference, Power and Discrimination (DPD) program. The award will be accepted by Susan Capalbo, senior vice provost for academic affairs and Nana Osei-Kofi, director of the Difference, Power and Discrimination Program, at the Women’s Network Leadership Council reception just prior to the Women’s Leadership Dinner.

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 helps advance or support women or women's issues in higher education.

The DPD program was created in 1992 as a response to several bias incidents on campus. It works with faculty across all fields and disciplines at OSU to develop inclusive curricula that address institutionalized systems of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States.

Since the program’s launch, more than 200 faculty members, the majority of whom are women, and thousands of OSU undergraduates have taken DPD courses, helping to raise consciousness for faculty and students about sexism as a system of oppression and its intersections with racism and other forms of oppression.

“The Difference, Power and Discrimination program at Oregon State University is an innovative and model program to facilitate collaboration among and through the faculty, addressing issues of difference, power, and discrimination in an intentional and thoughtful way,” said Lynn M. Gangone, vice president, ACE Leadership. “We are very pleased to honor the OSU program with the ACE State Network Leadership Award.”

Click here to visit the ACE2017 website for more information and to register. Join the conversation on Twitter at #ACE2017DC.


Left to right: Jessica Kosloff, Academic Search Premier; Lynn Gangone, vice president, ACE Leadership; Susan Capalbo, senior vice provost for academic affairs, Oregon State University (OSU); Nana Osei-Kofi, director of the OSU Difference, Power and Discrimination program; Margaret Drugovich, president, Hartwick College (NY) and chair of the Women’s Network Executive Council; Gailda Davis, interim director, ACE Leadership.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelli Meyer ▪ 202-939-9328 ▪ kmeyer@acenet.edu​

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