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ACE Honors Susan L. Perry With 2011 Donna Shavlik Award

March 05, 2011


ACE this evening honored Susan L. Perry, a pioneer in the integration of computing and library services, with the 2011 Donna Shavlik Award in recognition of her lifelong commitment to advancing women’s issues in higher education.

The award was presented during the Women’s Leadership Dinner hosted by ACE’s Office of Women in Higher Education (OWHE) as part of the ACE Annual Meeting currently underway at the Washington Hilton. Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I’ve Been Silent About, delivered the keynote address during the dinner.

The Donna Shavlik Award is named for a former longtime OWHE director who continues to advocate for women in higher education. It honors an individual whose leadership, both at colleges and universities and in national positions, has demonstrated a sustained and continuing commitment to the advancement of women through actions or initiatives enhancing women’s leadership development, career development, campus climate, and mentoring opportunities for women.

“Susan has been a leader on the cutting edge of technology and library services across international borders,” said OWHE Interim Director Diana Córdova. “In addition, she has never hesitated to take time to serve as a mentor and role model to the younger generation of women leaders as they strive to meet their own goals, which is the essence of the Donna Shavlik Award.”

Susan L. Perry has enjoyed a distinguished career in the field of academic information and technology services. Among other accomplishments, she worked on the program for the first merged library/IT organization in a major research university, the Leavey Library at the University of Southern California. This project was singled out by the Association of College and Research Libraries as an exemplar of modern information services.

Perry was head librarian of the J. Henry Meyer Memorial Library at Stanford University (CA) and college librarian and director of library, information, and technology services at Mount Holyoke College (MA). After her time at these institutions, she served as interim president of the Council on Library and Information Resources and as senior adviser to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She has been on the EDUCAUSE, New Media Consortium, and Seminars in Academic Computing boards, the Coalition for Networked Information Steering Committee and the American Library Association Council.

In addition to these numerous accomplishments, Perry has worked tirelessly to advance and support the careers of women who have been identified as emerging leaders. In her role as dean of the Frye Leadership Institute, Perry taught, mentored and encouraged several hundred women administrators, and continues to this day to serve as a mentor and role model to many of these women as they advance their careers.

Currently, Perry is consulting with the president of the American University of Paris on information services issues and helping her build a faculty, library and IT consortium for the 21 American liberal arts colleges abroad.

Recent Recipients of the Donna Shavlik Award:

  • 2010 – Blenda Wilson, former president of California State University, Northridge, and of the Nellie Mae Foundation
  • 2009 – Peggy R. Williams, president emerita of Ithaca College (NY)
  • 2008 – Adrian Tinsley, president emerita, Bridgewater State College (MA)
  • 2007 – Yolanda Moses, special assistant to the chancellor for excellence and diversity, University of California, Riverside, and former president, City College of New York
  • 2006 – Donna Shalala, president, University of Miami
  • 2005 – Caryn McTighe Musil, senior vice president, Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • 2004 – Bette E. Landman, president, Arcadia University (PA)

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