DR. CLARA LOVETT NAMED 2008 WINNER OF
JEANNE LIND HERBERGER AWARD
Scholar, Educator and Philanthropist Recognized for
Higher Education and Ongoing Contributions to Women and Community
more than 35 years, Clara Lovett, Ph.D., has been a passionate and
persuasive advocate for innovations in higher education and the
advancement of women in the workplace. On November 6, Dr.
President Emerita of Northern Arizona University, where she served from
1993-2001—was honored at the Arizona Women’s
& Employment (AWEE) 14th Annual “Faces of
Valley favorite—Dr. Lovett received the prestigious
Lind Herberger Award, named after one of AWEE’s early board
members and most committed long-time supporters. The award recognizes
women who have been at the forefront of AWEE’s leadership,
philanthropy and investment in women, men, young adults and the
leader who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to empowering women
and transforming their lives through affordable access to education and
equal opportunity in the workplace," said Marie Sullivan, President and
CEO of AWEE. “She is also an outstanding and generous
who has provided both her expertise and essential financial support to
support AWEE’s mission and programs. Clara truly exemplifies
vision and values of the Jeanne Lind Herberger Award. We're proud to
recognize her as our 2008 honoree."
education is in my
heart and my head," Dr. Lovett has said. "It is the source of our
national strength and the surest route for women to better themselves
and take their rightful place as equal partners in the workplace." She
has energetically demonstrated this commitment in her professional life
through her invaluable contributions as Chief for the European Division
of The Library of Congress, Dean of Arts & Sciences for George
Washington University, Provost/Chief Academic Officer for George Mason
University, President/CEO of Northern Arizona University, and most
recently, as President & CEO of the American Association for
Dr. Lovett was named
one of Washington DC’s "100 Most Powerful Women" by
Magazine. Three years later, she was recognized as "Virginia Educator
of the Year." In 2005, she was honored by the American College
Personnel Association for her "Distinguished Contributions to Higher
Education." The following year, governors and business leaders in the
Western states recognized Dr. Lovett for her role as a Founding Trustee
of Western Governors University (WSGU), an innovative online
"university without boundaries" that utilizes distance learning to help
students achieve their dreams for a degree and career success.
to Dr Lovett, "WGU
leverages the democratizing power of the Internet to enable women and
men to cost-effectively gain the educational credentials they need at a
time and place of their choosing. We are entering a new era when the
marriage of public education and technology will transform lives and
define our future as a nation."
Dr. Lovett has
built statewide partnerships with K-12, community college districts and
tribal governments and worked with former Governor Jane Hull and key
legislators to establish and fund the Arizona K-12 Center, which
supports ongoing professional development for Arizona teachers. She has
also led the charge to build distance-learning capacity within Arizona
universities, launching a successful $100 million fundraising campaign
for Northern Arizona University. She continues to masterfully advocate
for -- and facilitate dialogue between-- educators and political leaders about
higher education reform.
philanthropist, Dr. Lovett has been an advocate for the advancement of
women in the workplace through her private B&L Charitable
Foundation, which she established together with her husband, Dr.
Benjamin F. Brown. In 2006, the foundation sponsored a two-day Women
& Work symposium to identify the key issues facing women in the
workforce. The resulting policy recommendations were incorporated into
a groundbreaking report that emphasizes women's needs for affordable
education, training programs, childcare and flexible work schedules
that allow women to balance life and work responsibilities.
to her career in
education, Dr. Lovett remains actively engaged as a leader in community
life, pursuing her passion for arts and culture by serving as a Trustee
of Thunderbird, The School of Global Management, and as Chair of the
Board of Directors, The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
lifelong commitment to securing equal opportunities and social justice
for women through her enthusiastic and ongoing support of
mission and programs. As a Jeanne Lind Herberger Award recipient, Dr.
Lovett joins the ranks of a group of exceptional women that includes
Elva Wingfield Coor, Betsey Bayless, Mary Jane Rynd, Deborah Carstens,
Diane Cummings Halle, Governor Janet Napolitano and Ruth Downs.