ACCU Awards

At each ACCU Annual Meeting, awards are presented to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to Catholic higher education through service and academic work.

ACCU is pleased to announce its 2012 award recipients:

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, Award

Sr. Joel Read, SSSF
President Emerita
Alverno College


Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, Award

The Hesburgh Award is the oldest of ACCU’s honors, having been awarded every year since 1982, with the exception of 2005. Criteria for selection are as follows:

•  Has made outstanding contributions to Catholic higher education
•  Has rendered extended service to Catholic higher education
•  Normally has been employed at a Catholic college or university but is not currently serving as a president (unless retirement is anticipated within the current academic year)
•  Has contributed to Catholic higher education beyond service rendered to a particular institution


Monika K. Hellwig Award

Rev. J. Bryan Hehir
Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life
 John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Monika K. Hellwig Award

The Monika K. Hellwig Award for Outstanding Contributions to Catholic Intellectual Life is a relatively new award. There are no specified criteria for the Monika K. Hellwig Award other than that a recipient “be an individual who has significantly advanced Catholic intellectual life” and not be a recipient of the Hesburgh Award.


Presidents' Distinguished Service Award

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels and Peter Steinfels
Co-directors, The Center on Religion and Culture
 Fordham University

Presidents’ Distinguished Service Award

Criteria for the Presidents’ Distinguished Service Award are:

•  Personal service of exceptional quality to Catholic higher education
•  Significant promotion of Catholic higher education through public advocacy
•  Advancement of Catholic higher education through philanthropy or voluntary development activities


Complete list of past honorees



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