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Excellence in Education Award

Established in 1983, the Excellence in Education Award is presented to an individual - member or non-member - who has improved the field of education and/or the way students are served.

Below are several (but not all) of the criteria that the Governance and Nominating Committee uses when nominating an award recipient for the Excellence in Education Award.

  • Prominence: national figure in political or education arena; great influence over public opinion in matters related to education
  • Advocacy and Access: in their career, has been at the forefront of initiatives advocating for students and access to education

About the 2018 Award Winners:

Since its start in 2016, the ACCEPT Facebook Group has grown to over 4,800 members dedicated to promoting equity and access for all students. The group’s founders—Marie Bigham, Steve Frappier, and Brandi Smith—were recently recognized for their successes, with Facebook naming ACCEPT as one of its top 100 groups in 2017. And the group’s influence is not limited to its online presence. ACCEPT—which stands for Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today—has hosted local programs for students, developed affiliate and NACAC conference sessions, and convened in-person meetings around the country.

Watch the Video: Hear more from the founders as they talk about how the group got started, the success the group has had, the projects the group is working on, where they see the group in five years, and why the NACAC Excellence in Education Award is important to the ACCEPT community.

Previous Award Winners:

  • 2018 - The ACCEPT Facebook group (Founded by Marie Bigham, Steve Frappier, and Brandi Smith)
  • 2017 - William R. Fitzsimmons and Carmen Lopez
  • 2016- Stacy Lightfoot
  • 2015 -  Dr. Trish Hatch, Dr. Sandy Savitz-Romer, Campus Pride and Shane Windmeyer
  • 2014 - First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama
  • 2013 - Nicole Farmer Hurd and Ted O'Neill
  • 2012 - Greg Darnieder  
  • 2011 - Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
  • 2010 - Steve Peifer
  • 2009 - Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
  • 2008 - Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)  
  • 2007 - Loren Pope
  • 2006 - Hugh O'Brian
  • 2005 - Irving Fradkin
  • 2004 - Rep. David Obey (D-WI)
  • 2002 - Sen. George V. Voinovich (R-OH), Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL), and Rep. Betty McCullum (D-MN)
  • 2001 - Lee C. Bollinger
  • 2000 - Richard Riley
  • 1999 - William G. Bowen and Derek Bok
  • 1998 - Tom Joyner
  • 1997 - Dr. Benjamin Carson   
  • 1996 - Peggy Cooper Cafritz     
  • 1995 - David L. Boren
  • 1994 - Eugene Lang
  • 1993 - Arnold Mitchem    
  • 1992 - Sen. Herbert Kohl (D-WI) and Sen. Thomas Sawyer (D-OH)
  • 1991 - Theodore Sizer  
  • 1990 - Augustus F. Hawkins
  • 1989 - Harold L. Hodgkinson  
  • 1988 - Oluf Davidsen and George Hanford  
  • 1987 - Ernest L. Boyer
  • 1986 - William D. Ford, Samuel L. Meyers and Paul Simon  
  • 1985 - Alexander W. Astin    
  • 1984 - Fred Hargadon  
  • 1983 - Francis Keppel

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