Jackie Gribbons photoThe Jackie Gribbons Leadership Award is presented to a woman who has demonstrated leadership ability, served as a model and mentor, developed innovative programs, and contributed significantly to the institution and profession.

Jackie Gribbons co-founded the nationally acclaimed graduate master's program in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at the University of Vermont in 1970, and for 35 years served as assistant professor and professor emerita, coordinator of graduate student practicum internships, and acting program chair from 1973-75. She retired twice, finally in 2007, when she received her greatest honor, a rare Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Vermont. A national leader in higher education, Jackie dedicated her professional life to the advancement of women in higher education. She was elected the president of the National Association for Women in Education and also held executive positions as vVice president of Association Advancement, vice president for Professional Relations, and numerous task forces and commissions. She was a founding member and state coordinator of Vermont Women in Higher Education. Jackie Gribbons died on January 10, 2014.

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