The TIAA Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education is named in honor of the late Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Father Hesburgh was president of the University of Notre Dame and, for 28 years, a member of the TIAA and CREF Boards of Overseers. A world-renowned educator and humanitarian, Father Hesburgh (1917-2015) was among the most influential figures in the modern history of higher education.
The Hesburgh Award is given to a current college or university president or chancellor who embodies Father Hesburgh’s commitment to higher education and society at large. It is sponsored by the TIAA Institute and presented at the annual meeting of the American Council on Education (ACE). Award recipients are chosen by an independent panel of judges, and ACE administers the award on the Institute’s behalf.
The 2016 award was presented to Dr. Patricia A. McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, by Skip Spriggs, TIAA executive vice president and chief human resources officer, during a plenary luncheon sponsored by TIAA at ACE’s 98th annual meeting in San Francisco. Over her 27-year tenure, Patricia A. McGuire has built Trinity into an exemplary institution serving a diverse student body.201