2017 TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award Presentation

Father Hesburgh on leadership excellence

2017 TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award Presentation

March 13, 2017
Washington, D.C.

The TIAA Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education honors the late Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Father Hesburgh is the former 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 ACE meeting. Award recipients are chosen by an independent panel of judges, and ACE administers the award on the Institute’s behalf.

The TIAA Institute announced and presented the 2017 Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education to Dr. Gail O. Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, N.Y., in recognition of her work to advance the role and function of community colleges in New York City and within higher education broadly. Dr. Mellow's award was presented by Doug Chittenden, TIAA Executive Vice President, during a plenary luncheon at the annual meeting of the American Council on Education (ACE) on March 13, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 

To learn more about the Hesburgh Award, visit our Awards page.