The Education Abroad Leadership Award was established in 1999 with the support and approval of the then-SECUSSA national team to complement the Lily von Klemperer Award and recognize members whose records of distinguished service to the education abroad profession exceed 15 years. Although two awards were made under special circumstances during that year, the award is now made to one education abroad professional each year at the NAFSA annual conference.
The 2016 Education Abroad Leadership Award was presented to William Nolting, University of Michigan, during the 68th NAFSA Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.
"Bill Nolting broadened the definition of education abroad, understanding that students learn in different ways or with different goals. Through his efforts, students' international travel interests were shaped into thinking about ways to volunteer or work your way around the world, to try experiential study or internship opportunities, and to absorb other intercultural lessons."
"It would be difficult to enumerate the number of NAFSA sessions and poster sessions he has organized, chaired and/or served as a presenter. His dedication to expanding the concept of Education Abroad to go beyond credit bearing activities is unmatched. He's done all this while working full time at the University of Michigan!"
"Bill has been a trusted mentor and colleague, and someone I've looked to for guidance or inspiration on matters related to my work as well as my career. He has made me feel at home in the field of international education, introducing me to colleagues as well as to new ideas and discussions in the field. I always walk away from conversations with him feeling excited to learn more about international education, and he has fueled my enthusiasm for WIVA programs in particular. "
Past recipients of the Education Abroad Leadership Award (and their professional affiliations at the time of the award) are:
- 2015 Dr. Christopher Bigsby, East Anglia University
- 2014 Kim Kreutzer, University of Colorado Boulder
- 2013 Margaret Riley, Duke University
- 2012 Michael Steinberg, IES Abroad
- 2011 Carol Fairweather, retired, formerly of the University of Denver
- 2010 Kathleen McDermott, Columbia University
- 2009 Janice M. Kieling, University of California-Berkeley
- 2008 Susan M. Thompson, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
- 2007 Al Balkcum, University of Minnesota
- 2006 Nancy K. Stubbs, University of Colorado-Boulder
- 2005 Bill Cressey, Council on International Educational Exchange
- 2004 Mickey Slind, Butler University
- 2003 David Larsen, Arcadia University
- 2002 Tom Roberts, Butler University
- 2001 Clay Hubbs, Transitions Abroad Magazine
- 2000 George Nolan Boyd, Trinity University
- 1999 Nigel Rogers, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
- 1999 Charles (Chuck) Gliozzo, Michigan State University