Nominate or Apply for an ACE Leadership Award
November 09, 2020

Nominations are due before end of the year

Recognize an outstanding institution or individual for leadership in the areas of diversity and the advancement of women with an ACE Award. Applications and nominations are now open for four of the awards to be presented online during ACE Awards Week, May 24-28, 2021.

Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award

Established to honor Reginald Wilson, the founding director of ACE’s former 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.

Click here to nominate an individual. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 18.

The 2020 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership award was presented to Walter Bumphus, President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Donna Shavlik Award

The Donna Shavlik 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.

Click here to nominate an individual. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 18.

The 2020 Donna Shavlik award was presented to Carol Moore, interim president of Guilford College.

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.

Click here to nominate a program or initiative. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 18.

The 2020 ACE State Network Leadership Award went to the Women in Education Initiative of Mott Community College in Michigan, which was established in 1999 to help female students complete their education with non-traditional financial support, personal and professional guidance, and mentoring opportunities.

ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation

The ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation recognizes colleges or universities that, 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 award is split into two categories:

  • Category 1: Institutions with student populations of 12,001 and over
  • Category 2: Institutions with student populations of up to 12,000

Each winning institution receives a $10,000 prize.

Any individual institution that is an ACE member, or is willing to seek ACE membership, may apply for the award. The deadline for nominations is November 20, 2020 but eligible institutions can submit applications for the award until Dec. 18.

Click here to nominate an institution or apply. If you have questions or need additional information about this award, email transformationaward@acenet.edu.

The 2020 ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation was awarded to Amarillo College and Dominican University of California.

For additional information, please email ACELeadership@acenet.edu.​

Nominations and Applications

Nominations and applications for 2021 have opened for the following awards:

ACE State Network Leadership Award

ACE Donna Shavlik Award

Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award

ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation

ACE/Salesforce.org Student of the Year Award

Awards will be presented online during ACE Awards Week, May 24-28, 2021.​