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Women in Higher Education Achievement Award

Nominations are being sought for the Women in Higher Education Achievement (WHEA) Award to be presented at the 2017 National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) annual meeting Oct. 27, 2017 in Denver, Colo.

The WHEA Award recognizes an outstanding woman who has made or is making a significant difference in higher education through her scholarship and leadership. Her contributions may be in the area of faculty, staff or administration at a college, university or community college or they may be through association with a professional education association or government entity that promotes higher education. She has a positive attitude toward the value of the sorority experience, and she may or may not be a member of a Greek-letter organization.

The recipient of this award will be invited to attend and make a short presentation at the NPC annual meeting Oct. 27, 2017. Her expenses will be covered and she will receive an honorarium of $1,000.

The NPC Foundation is organized to promote values and ethics in sororities and to encourage members to be active and responsible leaders in their respective communities through the development and sponsorship of educational and charitable programs to address education, leadership, health and safety.

The WHEA Award is funded by the National Panhellenic Conference Foundation through an endowment established by Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and Foundation.

Nominations are due July 2, 2017. Download the award explanation, including the information required to complete the form, to assist you in submitting a nomination.

If there are any questions, please contact the NPC office at 317-872-3185 or

Past WHEA Award Recipients

  • 2015 - Dr. Laura Osteen (Alpha Delta Pi), Director of the Center for Leadership and Social Change, Florida State University
  • 2013 - Dr. Audrey Jaeger (Delta Delta Delta) Professor of Higher Education and Executive Director of the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development at NC State
  • 2007 - Dr. Nancy Lusk Zimpher (Kappa Alpha Theta), Chancellor of the State University of New York
  • 2005 - Dr. Karen A. Holbrook (Gamma Phi Beta), President, The Ohio State University
  • 2003 - Dr. Marsha Guenzler-Stevens (Alpha Omicron Pi), Director of Activities and Associate Director of the Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 2001 - Dr. Joy Garrison Cauffman (Kappa Delta), Professor Emerita, University of Southern California
  • 1999 - Dr. Deborah Floyd (Gamma Phi Beta), President Emerita, Prestonsburg Community College, Kentucky