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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.


Accepting Nominations

NACUBO is now accepting nominations for the 2023 NACUBO Awards in the areas of endowment management, accounting, and student financial services.

Daniel D. Robinson Accounting Award

This award recognizes leadership and continuous commitment to college and university accounting and reporting and will be recognized during the 2023 Higher Education Accounting Forum.

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Rodney H. Adams Endowment Management Award

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to professional development in support of university endowment and investment management.

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Student Financial Services Award

This award recognizes individuals dedicated to NACUBO's advocacy efforts and educational resources related to student financial services and will be recognized during the 2023 Student Financial Services Conference.

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Deadline for nominations is February 3, 2023.


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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