The 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, both at colleges and universities and in national positions, has demonstrated a sustained and continuing committment to the advancement of women through actions or initiatives enhancing women's leadership development, career development, campus climate, and mentoring opportunities of and for women.

The award will be presented during the Women’s Leadership Dinner on March 14, 2020,  at ACE2020, ACE’s 102nd Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Nominations for the Donna Shavlik Award are due no later than 5:00pm (PST) Friday, October 18, 2019. To nominate someone deserving of this award, please click on the submit nomination button and provide a brief narrative about the nominee. 

If you have any questions about the Donna Shavlik Award, please email or call 202-939-9376.

Past Award Recipients

2019 - Carol S. Leary, President, Bay Path University (MA)
2018 - Judith S. White, President and Executive Director of HERS (Higher Education Resource Services)
2017 - Judy Genshaft, President, University of South Florida​​​
​2016 - ​Lucie Lapovsky, President, Lapovsky Consulting​
2015 - Madlyn Hanes, Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses for The Pennsylvania State University​
2014 - ​Elaine P. Maimon, Governors State University (IL)
2013 - 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



​Nominations Open

​Nominations for the 2020 Donna Shavlik Award are now open.

​Nominations are due no later than 5:00 p.m. (PST) Friday, October 18, 2019.