Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award

This award is presented to an individual or organization that has provided dedicated service, consistent advocacy, and outstanding leadership to the higher education community on the national or international level.  The honoree will have made a meaningful and appreciable contribution to the issues and concerns affecting higher education.  Nominations for this award may be solicited from the NASPA Board of Directors.

The Selections and Awards Committee recommends award nominees to the NASPA Board of Directors for their approval. Upon approval, the awards are presented at NASPA's annual awards luncheon which takes place during the annual conference.

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Award Information

Deadline: Nov. 14, 2017

Any NASPA member may nominate an individual for this award.

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Requirements

Below are the criteria that the Selections and Awards Committee of the NASPA Board of Directors will use to evaluate the nominees.

  • Advocates for student affairs within the higher education context, nationally or internationally

Current Recipients


Past Recipients

  • 2016 | Sarita E. Brown

    President - Excelencia in Education

  • 2015 | Walter Bumphus

    President and CEO - American Association of Community Colleges

  • 2014 | Linda Kuk

    Associate Professor - Colorado State University

  • 2014 | Jamie Merisotis

    President and CEO - Lumina Foundation

  • 2013 | Caryn McTighe Musil

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  • 2012 | Shannon Ellis

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  • 2012 | Enrique Iglesias Hidalgo

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  • 2011 | George R. Boggs

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  • 2010 | Patricia Fabiano

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  • 2009 | Edward M. Kennedy

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  • 2008 | George D. Kuh

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  • 2007 | Myles Brand

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  • 2006 | C. Peter Magrath

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  • 2005 | James A. Anderson

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  • 2004 | Gale W. Erlandson

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  • 2003 | Sarita E. Brown

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  • 2001 | Carlos Cortes

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  • 2000 | Margaret J. Barr

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  • 1999 | Alexander Astin

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  • 1998 | David Pierce

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  • 1997 | Edgar F. Beckham

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  • 1996 | Donald M. Stewart

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  • 1995 | Russell Edgerton

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  • 1994 | Johnetta B. Cole

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  • 1993 | Arnold L. Mitchem

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  • 1992 | Ernest Boyer

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  • 1991 | Robert H. Atwell

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  • 1990 | Clifton R. Wharton, Jr.

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  • 1988 | Richard P. Keeling

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  • 1987 | Martha Peterson

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  • 1986 | Leonard H.O. Spearman

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  • 1985 | A. Dallas Martin, Jr.

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  • 1984 | Representative Carl Perkins

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  • 1983 | Senator Claiborne Pell

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  • 1982 | Father Theodore Hesburgh

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  • 1981 | Rosemary Park

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  • 1980 | Elizabeth Greenleaf *

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  • 1979 | Emily Taylor

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  • 1978 | Clark Kerr

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  • 1977 | Roger W. Heyns

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  • 1976 | Melvene D. Hardee

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  • 1974 | The Chronicle of Higher Education

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  • 1973 | Walter F. Johnson

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  • 1972 | Arthur Wright Chickering; Edith Green

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  • 1969 | Robert H. Shaffer

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