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Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award

This award honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership and commitment on a national level to the advancement of racial and ethnic minorities and other under-represented populations in higher education.

Established to honor Dr. Reginald Wilson, senior scholor emeritus at ACE and founding director of the Council's Office of Minority Concerns, the award is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to diversity in American higher education

Shaun R. Harper, provost professor of business and education and executive director of the Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California (USC), was presented the 2019 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award on March 11th during the Monday Morning Breakfast Plenary at ACE2019, ACE's 101st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. 

Click here to read the Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award Press Release

If you have any questions about the Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award, please email or 202-939-9376.

Past Award Recipients
Shaun R. Harper, Provost Professor of Business and Executive Director of the Race and Equity Center, University of Southern California ​
2018 Janet Napolitano, President, University of California
2017 Mildred García, President, California State University, Fullerton
2016 Santa J. Ono, President, University of Cincinnati​
2015 Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania


Charlene M. Dukes, President, Prince ​George’s Community College (MD)


Johnnetta B. Cole, Director, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution


James M. Rosser, President, California State University, Los Angeles


Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President, Syracuse University (NY)


Bob Suzuki, President Emeritus, California Polytechnic University, Pomona


Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Eduardo J. Padron, President, Miami Dade College (FL)


William E. Cox, President/CEO, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
Frank L. Matthews, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
James Moeser, Former Chancellor, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Diana S. Natalicio, President, The University of Texas at El Paso


Tomas Arciniega, President Emeritus, California State University-Bakersfield
Jacquelyn M. Belcher, President Emeritus, Georgia Perimeter College
Kenneth R.R. Gros Louis, Chancellor Emeritus, Indiana University-Bloomington


Juliet V. Garcia, Former President, The University of Texas at Brownsville
Frank H.T. Rhodes, President Emeritus, Cornell University
John B. Slaughter, Former President and CEO, The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., Former Chancellor, University of Maryland College Park; and former President, Occidental University
Tom Joyner, Nationally Syndicated Radio Personality and Philanthropist


Jewel Plummer Cobb, President and Professor of Biological Science Emerita, and Fullerton and Trustee Professor, California State University- Fullerton
James J. Duderstadt, President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., Former Vice Chancellor for Educational and Student Development, Maricopa Community Colleges, and Research Professor, Arizona State University Main Campus


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ACE Senior Vice President Philip Rogers (left) hands the 2019 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award to Shaun Harper. Photo: Tim Trumble for ACE.




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