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.

Consistent with the 2021 Theme - “Spanning and Unsettling the Borders of Higher Education” - the 2021 ASHE Presidential Medal will recognize rich, vibrant, and substantive partnerships between university entities or scholars and community organizations or groups. Such partnerships would be characterized by demonstrated actions and commitments that honor the community as a vital place of learning, growth, and development and which feature university or scholar’s commitments to their local communities that bring institutional resources (e.g., research, finances, personnel) to bear to address local issues of concern.


  • 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.

To Submit a Nomination:

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

  • Description of the partnership with brief history of how it started, philosophies and values which guide the partnership and to which all parties are kept accountable and what accountability structures are in place, what this partnership has resulted in so far, future goals or aspirations, and the plan for sustaining the partnership beyond the individuals involved if relevant.  Description should be no longer than 1500 words and will be typed (or pasted) into the nomination form.

  • ​A nomination letter (no longer than 500 words), self-nominations accepted, uploaded as a PDF.

  • Letter (uploaded as a PDF) or video (uploaded as an MP4) from community partner organization or group (letters no longer than 500 words; videos no longer than 3 minutes)

Recognition is for ongoing work not just that conducted in the last year

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

Selection Process

As is the tradition with the Presidential Medal, 2021 President D-L Stewart will review nominations and select the recipient(s).

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


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