The American Council on Education (ACE), a national higher education advocacy organization, announced that Deborah F. Stanley, interim chancellor of The State University of New York (SUNY) and former president of SUNY Oswego, will receive the ACE Donna Shavlik Award.
"Deborah for decades has served as a role model to future women leaders and, even more significantly, has demonstrated an indefatigable commitment to taking action to ensure that many more women can follow her path to the top," said Dr. Ted Mitchell, president of ACE. "Deborah's unwavering dedication to advancing women in higher education exemplifies the spirit behind the ACE Donna Shavlik Award."
This annual award commemorates the service of Donna Shavlik, former director of ACE's Office of Women in Higher Education. The honor recognizes a person who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing women in higher education through leadership and career development, campus climate, and mentoring.
In addition, ACE announced that Higher Education Resource Services (HERS), a nonprofit organization, will receive the 2022 ACE State Network Leadership Award. HERS was founded in 1972 to create and sustain a diverse community of women-identified leaders in higher education through leadership development programs and other strategies.
The ACE State Network Leadership Award honors a program sponsored by an ACE State Network or a college or university that works to advance or support women or women's issues in higher education.
"HERS for a half century has been a groundbreaking and innovative force to increase the number of women leaders at colleges and universities across the country," said Dr. Sherri Lind Hughes, ACE's assistant vice president of community strategy and engagement, in a press release on the news. "HERS is an invaluable resource for women leaders seeking to advance to the highest ranks of higher education."
Both the Donna Shavlik Award and State Network Award will be presented at the Women's Leadership Dinner next month at ACE's annual meeting.