Presidential Medal

The ASHE Presidential Medal will be presented to an individual of the current president’s choice 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.


  • 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.

Selection Process

As is the tradition with the Presidential Medal, 2022 Joy Gaston Gayles will review and select the recipient(s).

2021 Presidential Medal - Local Change Agent Award:
Excelencia in Education

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


​2021 Excelencia in Education
2020 Tamara Bertrand Jones
2020 (Honorable Mention): Ansley Booker
2020 (Honorable Mention): Tara Parker
2018 Mary Howard Hamilton