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The Donna Shavlik Award

This award recognizes sustained and continuing commitment to women's advancement in higher education, either in colleges and universities or in national positions.

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.

On Saturday, March 9th, the 2019 ACE Donna Shavlik Award was presented to Carol A. Leary, president of Bay Path University in Massachusetts and author of Achieving the Dream: A How-to Guide for Adult Women Seeking a College Degree during the Women’s Leadership Dinner at ACE2019, ACE’s 101st Annual Meeting.

Click here to read the ACE Donna Shavlik Award Press Release

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

Past Award Recipients


Carol S. Leary, President, Bay Path University (MA)

Judith S. White, President and Executive Director of HERS (Higher Education Resource Services)

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
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 2019 Donna Shavlik Award


From left to right: Christina Cutlip, senior managing director and head of National Advocacy and Federal Relations Liaison, TIAA; Sherri Lind Hughes, associate vice president, ACE Leadership; ACE President Ted Mitchell; Carol Leary, president, Bay Path University; Gailda Pitre Davis, director, ACE Leadership; Christina Proscia, managing director, Institutional Client Services, TIAA.