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2016 TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence: Honoring Patricia A. McGuire

The TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education is named in honor of the late Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., 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 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. Below is an excerpt from the press release that was issued on the day Dr. McGuire received the award.

TIAA Institute Honors Patricia A. McGuire with 2016 Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence

2016 Hesburgh Award
From left: TIAA Chief Human Resources Officer Skip Spriggs, Patricia A. McGuire and Institute Head Stephanie Bell-Rose

SAN FRANCISCO, March 14, 2016 – The TIAA Institute today announced Patricia A. McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, as the winner of the 2016 TIAA Institute Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence, which recognizes outstanding leadership on the part of a college or university president or chancellor. The award, established in 1993, is named in honor of the great educator and humanitarian, the late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh.

“The TIAA Institute is proud to name Patricia McGuire the 2016 Hesburgh Award recipient,” said Stephanie Bell-Rose, senior managing director and head of the TIAA Institute. “President McGuire transformed Trinity from an institution on the brink to a thriving university that provides innovative education to students of color, low-income students, and their local community.  She exemplifies Father Hesburgh’s spirit and purpose with her commitment to education as a path to economic security as well as her tireless advocacy for educational access nationwide.”

The American Council on Education (ACE) administers the award on the Institute’s behalf and convenes an independent panel of judges that selects the winner. The TIAA Institute bestowed this honor today at ACE2016, ACE’s 98th Annual Meeting.

President McGuire became president of Trinity in 1989 when the university was facing dwindling enrollment and mounting financial woes. Over her 27-year tenure, she has led Trinity through a series of remarkable changes and built an exemplary university that serves an exceptionally diverse student body.

“Father Ted Hesburgh was one of my great heroes not only in education but, even more importantly, for civil rights and social justice throughout society,” said President Patricia McGuire.  “I am humbled to receive this award in his name, and delighted to accept on behalf of the Trinity Washington University faculty who are so devoted to the success of our students, as well as for the students whose courage, fortitude and hard work ensure their academic achievements each day.  Thank you to the TIAA Institute and the American Council on Education for recognizing the great story that is Trinity.”

2016 Theodore M. Hesburgh Award Brochure (PDF)

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