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The Shirley Aceto Award

Description and Objectives

The Shirley Aceto Award was established in April 2010 to be given annually to a member of the instructional or professional faculty who demonstrates an exceptional commitment to excellence in service to the campus community. Ms. Aceto retired in 2010 after serving William & Mary for more than 39 years in the Office of the Provost. A highly regarded member of the professional faculty, she was a consistent example of exemplary service and untiring devotion to and promotion of the university, its faculty, staff and students.


Each year, one award in the amount of $1,000 will be given to a member of the instructional or professional faculty who best exemplifies the qualities noted in the selection criteria.

Selection Criteria and Process

The Provost will solicit nominations from the deans and vice presidents. Nominees must exemplify the high standards of excellent service to the university personified by Shirley Aceto.

Successful nominees will possess or exemplify:

  • Commitment to the core values of William & Mary
  • Proven leadership capabilities in working with students, faculty and/or staff
  • A record of outstanding individual service to the university

Nominees will be reviewed by a Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will provide the Provost with a list of unranked recommendations for the award. The committee will consist
of no fewer than four members from the instructional and professional faculty.

Annually, the Provost will call the first meeting of the Selection Committee and set deadlines for nominations and for the committee’s recommendations to the Provost. Nominations should
include the individual’s CV or resume and up to three letters of support from colleagues, staff and/or students.