Presidential Medal

The ASHE Presidential Medal will be presented to an individual of the current president’s choice at the ASHE Annual Meeting awards ceremony each year. The recipient can be a mentor, colleague, research collaborator, or someone else in higher education whom the outgoing president deems worthy of public acknowledgment. In the event of a posthumous presentation, a colleague, former student, or family member will be invited to accept the medal on the awardee’s behalf. Only one ASHE Presidential Medal can be presented each year.

2020 Presidential Medal - Local Change Agent Award:
Tamara Bertrand Jones, Florida State University

Honorable Mention:
Ashley Booker, Mercer University
Tara L. Parker, University of Massachusetts Boston

Call for Nominations

Nominations for the 2021 award will open in May 2021.

To submit a nomination you will need the following information to complete the form:

  • Name, Title, Position, Institution, Email, and Phone Number of Coordinating Nominator
  • ​Name, Title, Position, Institution, Email, and Phone Number of Nominee
  • A nomination letter outlining how the faculty member has acted as a change agent. The nominating letter should address
  1. the issue the change agent is addressing
  2. what research or evidence base the scholar has drawn on
  3. what they have done to share this work or implement it with their campus
  4. the time period over which this work occurred and
  5. measures of impact the work has had on students, faculty, staff, climate or other groups or issues on campus.
  • The letter can include quotes from multiple stakeholders on campus, including those most impacted by the local change agent’s work. However, the nominating letter should be no longer than 5 pages (single-spaced).


2020 Tamara Bertrand Jones
2020 (Honorable Mention): Ansley Booker
2020 (Honorable Mention): Tara Parker
2018 Mary Howard Hamilton