The TIAA Institute’s award program recognizes leadership excellence in higher education and scholarly achievements in financial security. We confer two annual awards:
The TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for leadership excellence in higher education
Sponsored by the TIAA Institute and administered by the American Council on Education, the Hesburgh Award is given to a current college or university president or chancellor who embodies Father Hesburgh’s commitment to higher education and society at large. The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., was past president of the University of Notre Dame, a longtime member of the TIAA and CREF Boards of Overseers, and a world-renowned humanitarian. He received both the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.