ACE 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.


2021 Winner: Women in Executive Search


This year's Donna Shavlik Award goes to Women in Executive Search and honors a group of women leaders in executive search: Betty Turner Asher, Dean Dowdall, Jan Greenwood, Narcisa Polonio, and Shelley Storbeck. Their nomination for this award stated that “These women have shaped the executive search process and significantly contributed to women's equitable representation across the leadership pipeline. They have been critical players in moving the needle for women in higher education leadership and shaping the executive search process, practices, and landscape." Congratulations to these extraordinary women who have paved the road for so many to follow.​

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Past Award Recipients

ACE has been bestowing the Donna Shavlik Award since 1999, when Donna Shavlik herself became the first ever recipient. Click to expand the area below to learn more about our past recipients.

​2020 - Carole Moore, Interim President, Guilford College
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 are now closed for the ACE Donna Shavlik Award.

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