Gomory-Mayadas Leadership Award in Online Education

This award honors outstanding individuals who exemplify the leadership and ideals of Ralph Gomory and A. Frank Mayadas. This award will be presented to an individual who exemplifies transformative leadership in the online education community.

Recipients will be recognized at the next OLC Accelerate conference with a commemorative plaque.


Nominations and Submissions

The Gomory-Mayadas Leadership Award in Online Education is evaluated on three primary criteria:

Leadership in Online Education: The nominee’s leadership activities have had a significant positive impact on online learning within the higher education community.

Transformative Leadership: The nominee’s leadership has been “transformative”, either within his/her educational institution or within the broader online education community, and has clearly make his or her institution, system, or state into a demonstrably better organization.

Unique Leadership Qualities: The nominee’s leadership qualities make this individual stand out from other leaders in important areas, such as visionary outlook, integrity and honesty, communication skills, assembling a good team and then motivating them, and sustaining this leadership over time.

Materials required for submission:

  • A detailed description of how the nominee meets the award criteria.
  • The nominee’s CV.
  • Three letters of support addressing the three evaluation criteria.

Timeline of Important Dates:

  • April 13, 2020: Submissions open
  • August 14, 2020: Nominations due by 11:59pm ET
  • September 1, 2020: Nominees notified of award decisions


*Conference attendance is not required to accept the award. If attending, registration must be completed by the deadline. Unless specified in the award, conference expenses are not included. All award recipients will be provided with a complimentary ticket to the Awards & Leadership Ceremony and Reception if attending the conference.

See Past awardees here

For additional information, please contact:

Lynette O’Keefe
Director, Research Center
Online Learning Consortium
Email: OLCawards@onlinelearning-c.org

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