Maury Cotter Leaders of Change Award Program

NCCI’s vision is to function as a catalyst for higher education institutions to work collaboratively across institutions to employ effective methods to advance academic and administrative excellence. To help carry out that purpose we identify leaders of change throughout higher education to recognize them for their accomplishments, and to help link them with their peers to further leverage the impact of their good work.

Each of our institutions of higher education has leaders of change, but given the diversity of roles that these leaders play in our institutions, they often go unrecognized.  “Mary Cotter Leaders of Change” identifies and celebrates these exceptional individuals whose efforts have resulted in significant impact in their institutions and beyond.

Who is a Maury Cotter Leader of Change?

A Maury Cotter Leader of Change is an individual who has played a key role in advancing major change in higher education, in academic and/or administrative areas. We are looking to recognize individuals who

  • have led impactful change efforts within their institution, and perhaps their communities;
  • have done so by working collaboratively with, through, and for others to create change.

The deadline for nominations was February 22, 2019.

How does the MCLOC program benefit recipients and institutions?

Those recognized will have opportunities to:

  • Be recognized through NCCI events and venues.
  • Make a presentation at a regional or national NCCI conference or webinar.
  • Have their work featured in newsletters, NCCI’s website, and news releases.
  • Network with other outstanding LOCs throughout the world.
  • Work with peers to develop best practices related to change management and institutional innovation

Past Award Winners


Dr. Timothy Renick, Senior Vice President for Student Success, Georgia State University


Jake Julia, Vice Provost of Administration and Chief of Staff, Northwestern University


Joy Gates-Black, President, Delaware County Community College
Paula Gill, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, Belmont University


Susan Camber, Associate Vice President, Research & Student Accounting, University of Washington
Carol Mullaney, Director, Office of Continuous Improvement, University of Notre Dame
Cathy O’Sullivan, Chief of Staff to the COO, Director, Working Smarter Initiative, University of California System
Katy Rees, Associate Vice President of Administration, California State University San Marcos


Sarah Collie, Assistant Vice President for Organizational Excellence, University of Virginia
Catherine (Kate) Davy, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Michigan-Dearborn


Deborah Ford, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Peter C. (Chris) Halladay, Associate Vice President for Organizational Effectiveness, Cornell University
Peggy Huston, Director of Operational Excellence Program, University of California, Berkeley

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