Judith White to Receive Donna Shavlik Award at ACE2018
Published: February 14, 2018

University of South Carolina’s Women’s Leadership Institute also to be recognized

ACE announced today that Judith S. White, president and executive director of HERS (Higher Education Resource Services), will receive the 2018 Donna Shavlik Award.

The award will be presented at ACE2018, ACE’s 100th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, during the Women’s Leadership Dinner on Saturday, March 10.

ACE established the Donna Sh​avlik Award​ to honor the long and outstanding service of Donna Shavlik, former director of ACE's Office of Women in Higher Education. Presented annually, the award honors an individual who demonstrates a sustained commitment to advancing women in higher education through leadership and career development, campus climate, and mentoring.

For more than 40 years, HERS has been dedicated to creating and sustaining a diverse community of women leaders through leadership development programs and other strategies with a special focus on gender equity within the broader commitment to achieving equality and excellence in higher education.

“This is a critical time for women in higher education, who are assuming more senior leadership roles than ever. But there is still more work to be done,” said Ted Mitchell, ACE’s president. “Judith White has been committed to that important work over the past 13 years, helping HERS shape a curriculum of leadership development that in turn shapes the next generation of women leaders.”

White has been president and executive director of HERS since June 2005. During the early years of her tenure, the signature HERS Institute was redesigned and expanded to three locations, offering an enhanced curriculum to serve 200 women faculty and administrators annually.

She now leads HERS’ partnership initiatives, including the 2012 and 2014 HERS Summits for Women Presidents and Chancellors; a research collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership; and a $450,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for supporting women in STEM Leadership.

Margee Ensign, president of Dickinson College (PA), will give the keynote address at the Women’s Leadership Dinner. Ensign’s speech will focus on leadership in the face of adversity.

2018 ACE State Network Leadership Award

The 2018 ACE State Network Leadership Award will be given to University of South Carolina’s Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI). The award will be accepted by Mary Alexander, University of South Carolina assistant provost for Academic Administration and chief of staff, at the Women’s Network Leadership Council reception just prior to the Women’s Leadership Dinner.

The ACE State Network Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding and innovative program sponsored by an ACE State Network or by a college or university that helps advance or support women or women's issues in higher education.

Occurring each spring, WLI is designed for faculty, staff, and graduate students who are interested in the advancement and success of women in leadership roles from higher education institutions in South Carolina. It features workshops, interactive presentations, and a networking luncheon centered on promoting greater awareness of the challenges and opportunities women face as they seek to achieve a work/life balance.

“We are honored to present the Women’s Leadership Institute with the 2018 ACE State Network Leadership Award,” said Kara Freeman Lee, interim vice president of ACE Leadership. “WLI is creating a resilient community of women in South Carolina higher education and empowering women at all stages of their careers.”

The 15th annual WLI, themed “Why Not Me?” will host more than 420 women from South Carolina's higher education institutions on April 25.

Click here​ to visit the ACE2018 website for more information and to register for the meeting, which takes place March 10-13. Join the conversation on Twitter at #ACE2018DC.

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