Leadership Award

About the Award

The Leadership Award will be presented in recognition of bringing visibility and support to the field of higher education, demonstrating the contributions of the study of higher education to policy formation, and/or in gaining substantial resources for research and training in higher education. 

Nomination Evaluation Criteria 

When reviewing nominations, the awards committee will make decisions based on the following preferred and demonstrated attributes:
  1. connection of research and practice; 
  2. influence on institutional, organizational, or governmental policy change; 
  3. scholarly connections outside the field of higher education; and/or
  4. citations, invitation to speak (namely as a keynote), and grant funding.


  • Nominations will be open from May 3, 2021-July 1, 2021 at Noon Pacific. Due to number of submissions and the review process, no late submissions will be accepted; as such, nominators are encouraged to submit their nominations well in advance of this deadline.
  • Nominators and nominees will be informed of decisions in mid-September.
  • An announcement of recipients will be sent to the ASHE membership in late September.
  • The recipient(s) will be recognized during the ASHE Awards Ceremony during the Annual Conference.


You'll need:

  • Name, Title, Position, Institution, Email, and Phone Number of Coordinating Nominator
  • Name, Title, Position, Institution, Email, and Phone Number of Nominee
  • A nomination statement up to 750 words which demonstrates the nominees match to the award evaluation criteria.
  • 2-3 letters of support. For upload into the nomination form, these should be combined into one document, preferably a pdf.
  • The nominee's CV.

Due to the increased number of nominations received in recent years, each nominee will be limited to one nomination. In the event multiple nominations are submitted, the committee chair will notify the coordinating nominators requesting they consolidate their nominations.

Award nominees (and subsequently recipients) must be current members of ASHE.

Questions about the 2021 award process can be sent to office@ashe.ws.


The ASHE Awards Committee is a standing committee of the Board of Directors. Committee members are recommended by the President to the Board of Directors and service 1-3 year terms.

2021 Committee Members:

  • Glenda Musoba, Texas A&M University (Chair)
  • Antonio Duran, Auburn University
  • Gina Garcia, University of Pittsburgh (Board of Directors Representative)
  • Marc Johnston-Guerrero, The Ohio State University
  • Darris Means, University of Pittsburgh
  • Charlie Scott, University of Denver (Graduate Student Member)
  • LaWanda Ward, Pennsylvania State University

2019 Leadership Award:
Shaun R. Harper, University of Southern California

2018 Leadership Award:
Estela Mara Bensimon

2017 ASHE Leadership Award:
Trudy Banta


  • 2019 Shaun R. Harper
  • 2018 Estela Mara Bensimon
  • 2017 Trudy Banta
  • 2014 Marybeth Gasman
  • 2013 William G. Tierney
  • 2012 Gary Rhoades
  • 2010 Sylvia Hurtado
  • 2008 George Keller
  • 2007 Judith Glazer-Raymo
  • 2006 Elaine El-Khawas
  • 2005 Ann I. Morey
  • 2004 Stan Ikenberry
  • 2003 Kathryn M. Moore
  • 2002 Edward St. John
  • 2001 William Bowen
  • 2000 Ted Marchese
  • 1999 Zeld Gamson
  • 1996 Peter Ewell
  • 1995 Derek Bok
  • 1992 Ernest Boyer
  • 1990 Kenneth P. Mortimer