ACE Awards

​ACE strives to honor the work of individuals, institutions, and programs that commit to diversifying the ranks of higher education leadership and generating creative campus innovation. Every year, at the ACE Annual Meeting in March, winners of the following awards are recognized and celebrated. We encourage you to nominate or apply today!

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. 

Donna Shavlik Award

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.

Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award

Established to honor Reginald Wilson, the founding director of the 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. 

ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation

The ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation recognize colleges or universities which, 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 winning institution from each category will receive $10,000. 

Learn more about the ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation

ACE Student of the Year Award

Formerly the ACE Adult Learner of the Year, the ACE Student of the Year Award recognizes a student who has benefited academically and professionally from making use of ACE’s credit recommendations for workforce or military training. The ACE Student of the Year receives a scholarship to continue his or her education. 

Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award

The Council of Fellows Mentor Award recognizes ACE member presidents’ and chancellors’ contributions to enhancing the diversity and capacity of future leaders of American higher education. Nominations are solicited annually by the Council of Fellows from all former Fellows. The award is presented annually at the Opening Plenary of the ACE Annual Meeting by the chair of the Council of Fellows.

This award is not open for public submission. Please contact ACELeadership@acenet.edu with questions.

TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence

The TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence is named in honor of the late Theodore M. Hesburgh, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame (IN), esteemed leader in higher education, and former member of the TIAA and CREF Boards of Overseers for 28 years. This award is intended to recognize a current college or university president/chancellor who embodies the spirit of the late Reverend Hesburgh, his commitment to higher education, and his contributions to the greater good. The winner of the Hesburgh Award will receive a $20,000 cash prize for his or her institution. 

This award is not open for public submission. Please contact ACELeadership@acenet.edu with questions.

​Nominations Open

Many of our awards are currently accepting nominations. Use the links below to nominate someone today!

ACE State Network Leadership Award