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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

NACUBO is currently accepting nominations for three awards that recognize excellence in distinct areas integral to the campus business office. Award criteria and nomination forms are available below.

The submission deadline for nominations is February 2, 2022. Please email questions and completed nominations to


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



Learn more about NACUBO membership