Each year, VWHE presents three awards to outstanding women:
Nominations are accepted for these awards in the Fall (nominations for awards presented at the 2018 Fall Dinner held on October 17, 2018 were due September 7, 2018).
The Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award
The Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award is presented to a woman who has shown evidence of promoting and working toward the advancement of women in higher education and involvement at the national, regional, state, and local levels in related activities.
Sister Elizabeth Candon was President of Trinity College from 1966-1976. She was the first woman and nun to head a major state agency in Montpelier when Richard Snelling asked her to be Secretary of the Agency of Human Services, a position she held from 1977-1983. Sr. Elizabeth also served as a trustee of Goddard, Trinity and Middlebury Colleges and the Snelling Center for Government. She earned a Ph.D. and M.A. from Fordham University, and a B.A. from Trinity College. She died at the age of 90 on February 1, 2012.
The Jackie Gribbons Leadership Award
The 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.
The Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award
The Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award is presented to a woman who is in the early stages of her career, demonstrates excellence in her contributions to students, colleagues, and/or her institution (in such areas as service, innovative programs, teaching, research, etc.), and shows promise and potential for future contributions.
Peggy Williams assumed the presidency of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, in 1997, and stepped down in 2008 after eleven successful years in the office. She was the seventh president of the college and the first woman president. Prior to Ithaca, Peggy served as president of Lyndon State College for eight years. In addition, she held positions of Associate Academic Dean, Chair of the Business and Economic Department and Associate Professor at Trinity College. In the fall of 1990 she received recognition from Creating Excellence magazine, being named to the publishers' list of Vermont's "Top Ten Achievers." She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont and a B.A. from St. Michael's College of the University of Toronto.