Award for Advocacy of Independent Higher Education

The NAICU Advocacy Award was established to recognize individuals outside of academe who have championed the cause of independent higher education.  Whether in government, business, or philanthropy, the recipient of this award has provided leadership, established resources, or enacted policy at the state or national level that recognized the role of independent colleges and universities in serving public purposes.   No single contribution makes one eligible to receive the award, it recognizes a lifetime of service, initiative, and determination. 
 

Previous Recipients

  • 2016 - No award given
  • 2015 - No award given
  • 2014 - The Hon. Lamar Alexander, U.S. Senate
  • 2013 - Arnold L. Mitchem, President, Council for Opportunity in Education
  • 2012 - The United Technologies Corporation, accepted by UTC Chairman and CEO Louis Chenevert
  • 2011 - The Hon. Timothy H. Bishop, U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2010 - The Hon. George Miller, U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2009 - The Hon. John W. Warner, U.S. Senate
  • 2008 - The Hon. Ralph Regula, U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2007 - Loren Pope, College Placement Counselor and Author,  Colleges that Change Lives
  • 2006 - The Hon. Philip S English, U.S. House of Representatives 
  • 2005 - The Hon. Thomas H. Kean, President Drew University; Chair, The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States; former New Jersey Governor
  • 2004 - The Hon. Chuck Grassley, U.S. Senate
  • 2003 - The Hon. Dale E. Kildee, U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2002 - The Hon. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2001 - The Hon. David R. Obey, U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2000 - The Hon. Arlen Specter, U.S. Senate
  • 1999 - The Hon. Claiborne Pell, U.S. Senate
  • 1998 - The Hon. William Roth, U.S. Senate
  • 1997 - The Hon. Richard Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education 
  • 1996 - No award given
  • 1995 - The Hon. Robert Stafford, U.S. Senate
  • 1994 - The Hon. Tom Harkin, U.S. Senate
  • 1993 - The Hon. Terry Sanford, U.S. Senate
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