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Honors and Awards

Since 1964, NACUA has honored individuals in higher education law. The NACUA honors and awards program is a well-respected and time-honored tradition that ensures the acknowledgement of those who have dedicated their service to advancing the effective practice of higher education attorneys. In addition to their demonstrated commitment to NACUA's mission and strategic goals, these individuals have modeled NACUA's core values. Honored recipients are conferred awards including: Distinguished Service, First Decade, Life Member, Fellow, and Honorary Member. The Call for Awards is released in February of each year.

NACUA congratulates all honorees who have worked to advance the profession of higher education law. They are honored each year at the annual conference's Honors and Awards Ceremony.

2016-2017 Award Recipients

First Decade Award

Life Membership

Distinguished Service Award

  • Jerry D. Blakemore, General Counsel, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Bill J. Mullowney, Vice President for Policy and General Counsel, Valencia College
  • Kathleen A. Rinehart, General Counsel and Secretary of the Corporation, Saint Xavier University
  • Susan L. Wheeler, University Counsel and Senior Assistant Attorney General, James Madison University