Region IV-East Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education

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.

  • Made meaningful and appreciable contributions to the issues and concerns affecting higher education
  • Provided dedicated service, consistent advocacy and outstanding leadership to the higher education community in a national and/or international context
  • Current National NASPA board members are not eligible for this award.

Winners will be notified in early September and the presentation of the awards will take place at the Region IV-East Conference in November in Detroit, Michigan.  Award winners should make every attempt to attend the Region IV-East Conference. 

In addition to the regional recognition that accompanies this award, the recipient will be considered for the National NASPA Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award.

Award Information

Deadline: Oct. 15, 2017


Nickala L. Paul, MS

Chair, Awards and Exemplary Programs

Tel: 248-402-3860

Email: [email protected]

Meg Haggerty, MS

Chair, Awards and Exemplary Programs

Tel: 317-940-8648

Email: [email protected]

A nomination for this award should be submitted online at:

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STEP 1: Write a letter of nomination

STEP 2: Each nomination packet should include three letters of support

STEP 3: Get the nominee's contact information and resume/c.v. (if this is a “program” nomination, this should be a “summary of the program”)

STEP 4: The person coordinating the nomination should gather the nomination materials then go online to submit. You must upload all of the information at the same time. This person should then submit the nomination letter, resume, and 3 letters of support online.

STEP 5: Submit the nomination by the published deadline!

Current Recipients

  • Dr. Chiara Hensley
    Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs - Eastern Michigan University

    “Her passion and commitment to creating a better University and to serving students is infectious and electric; continuously pushing you to think critically about your work, ask mission-centered questions about the value and contributions of our work, and challenge the status quo…” – Sean Woolf, Interim Associate Director, Office of Student Conduct, Community Standards and Wellness, Eastern Michigan University

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Past Recipients

  • 2016 | Dra. (Doctora) Aurora Chang

    Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning - Loyola University, School of Education