Member commitment has been the key to AACRAO's success as a national higher education association. Participation in the Association's programs enriches the profession and the individual and it is because of the contributions of members through service on committees and special projects that AACRAO has become a strong professional association. Beginning in 1959, AACRAO members have been recognized for their distinguished service to the association and the profession and this acknowledgment continues today.

2018 AACRAO Awards

Review eligibility and details of All AACRAO Awards

  • The Award for Excellence in International Education is presented to a member for excellence in the field of international education.
  • The AACRAO Centennial Award for Excellence is presented to an individual who is not an AACRAO member, but who has made a contribution to or influenced the higher education community in a notable and positive manner that supports the vision and mission statement of AACRAO.
  • The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an active or retired AACRAO member for exceptional contributions over an extended period of time for service to AACRAO at the national level.
  • The Elbert W. Ockerman State and Regional Professional Activity Award recognizes outstanding professional activities of the state/regional associations.
  • Honorary Membership is awarded in recognition of a member's active involvement and contribution to AACRAO.
  • The Emerging Leader Award is presented to professionals who have, early in their career, made an exceptional or unique contribution which demonstrates promise as a future AACRAO leader.
  • The Thomas A. Bilger Award is presented to a member in recognition of consistent vision, service and/or leadership in AACRAO and with seven or more years of volunteer service.


Acknowledge Retiring Professionals

If you know someone who is retiring from an AACRAO profession, please email with the name of your retiring colleague and the following information: title, institution, address, and number of years in the profession. They will be recognized on the Annual Meeting rolling screen and will receive a certificate in the mail.

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Past Award Winners 

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