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Madlyn Hanes, Penn State Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses, to Receive Donna Shavlik Award

February 25, 2015

2015 Shavlik Award

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Virginia Tech’s Women's Leadership and Mentoring Program Also to Be Recognized

ACE today announced that Madlyn Hanes, Penn State’s vice president for Commonwealth Campuses, is the recipient of the 2015 Donna Shavlik Award.

The award will be presented at ACE’s 97th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, during the Women’s Leadership Dinner on Saturday, March 14. (Photo, left  to right: ACE President Molly Corbett Broad, Donna Shavlik, Madlyn Hanes, and Kim Bobby, director of ACE’s Inclusive Excellence Group.)

ACE established the Donna Shavlik Award to honor the long and outstanding service of Donna Shavlik, former director of ACE's Office of Women in Higher Education (now part of the Inclusive Excellence Group). Presented annually, the award recognizes an individual who demonstrates a sustained commitment to advancing women in higher education, through leadership and career development, campus climate and mentoring.

Hanes has been a member of the ACE Women’s Network Executive Council since 2001, having served as chair-elect from 2005-07 and chair from 2007-09. For almost two decades, Hanes has given generously of her time, talents and dollars to assist aspiring women leaders, see them advance in higher education administration and put them on the right path to senior leadership.

As a co-founder of the Women’s Leadership Legacy Fund, she is leaving her mark on generations to come through the scholarships awarded to enable women to attend ACE Women’s Leadership Forums. Hanes has served as a lead convener of the ACE Moving the Needle Initiative: Advancing Women in Higher Education Leadership, and works tirelessly with the ACE Inclusive Excellence Group to take this initiative to a broader audience and increase participation.

“Madlyn Hanes has worked to provide career opportunities for women in higher education, which is evident through her leadership roles on ACE’s Women’s Network Executive Council,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. “What is remarkable about Madlyn is her commitment to excellence and her consistent and altruistic support of women in higher education as a demonstrated priority. She serves as an inspiring role model.”

ACE also announced that Irshad Manji, founder and director of the Moral Courage Project, will give the keynote address at the Women’s Leadership Dinner. Manji is an accomplished author who has written extensively on Islam and has also created an Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, "Faith Without Fear." Tickets for the Women’s Leadership Dinner must be purchased in advance.

ACE State Network Leadership Award

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The 2015 ACE State Network Leadership Award will be presented to Virginia Tech’s Women's Leadership and Mentoring Program (WLMP). Anna LoMascolo will accept the award on behalf of WLMP at the Women's Network Executive Council reception just prior to the Women's Leadership Dinner. (Photo, left to right: Connie Gores, president of Southwest Minnesota State University; Jessica Kozloff of Academic Search; Anna LoMascolo of Virginia Tech University; and Kim Bobby.)

The Women’s Center, a unit of Virginia Tech’s Office of the Provost, launched WLMP in 2005. The program is designed to provide a year-long, cohort-based professional development experience for post-masters professionals who are current and aspiring higher education administrators.

WLMP participants gather in a series of monthly sessions on topics including management of personnel, budget, governance, performance planning/evaluation, mentoring and peer coaching, career development, and team-building and collaboration. Participants are also paired with mentors, a dedicated cadre of senior women leaders at the university, including vice presidents, unit directors, and chiefs of staff, and benefit from their insights and advice.

The ACE State Network Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women in Higher Education 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.

“The Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program at Virginia Tech is an outstanding example of a program that has created a space for women in administrative leadership roles to build a community to share best practices and practical solutions,” said Kim Bobby, director of ACE’s Inclusive Excellence Group. “The program has helped participants advance in their careers and education.”

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