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Each year, we recognize individual and institutional excellence and achievement in higher education business and finance with NACUBO Awards.

The program was established to identify and encourage individual and institutional excellence in college and university business and financial management, promote active participation in NACUBO’s programs and services, identify individual and institutional role models, and contribute to a positive perception of the business officer profession.

Photo: Alice Turbiville, Assistant Vice President for Finance and Controller, Swarthmore College, accepts a NACUBO Excellence in Sustainability Award in 2019.


Now Accepting Nominations

Help Us Recognize Excellence. Nominate Your Colleagues.

NACUBO is currently accepting nominations for the following awards until April 28. Nominations can be submitted through the online form or emailed to Kimberlee Berry at

 Awards will be presented at the NACUBO 2023 Annual Meeting this July in Orlando, FL.

Distinguished Business Officer Award

This award recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding achievement and extraordinary dedication to institutions of higher learning and to NACUBO for an extended period of time.

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Service to NACUBO Award

This award recognizes individuals for exceptional contributions to NACUBO professional development activities and publications.

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Excellence in Sustainability Award

This award recognizes institutions that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in a specific process, innovation, or program that embraces the full range of sustainability leadership: financial, facilities, operational, environmental, community, and climate.

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Rising Star Award

This award recognizes an emerging leader in higher education finance and business whose record reflects ongoing and exceptional growth in contribution to the profession and increased levels of leadership, responsibility, and sphere of impact.

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Board-Selected Awards

John D. Walda Pathfinder Award

NACUBO's highest honor, the John D. Walda Pathfinder Award, is selected by board officers periodically. This award was created in 2012 to honor individuals “whose lives and careers in higher education business management are inspirations to college and university business officers.”


Member-Selected Awards

Individual Awards

Institutional Awards



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