2016 Jacob Ludes III Leadership Award

Mary Jo Maydew is presented the Jacob Ludes III Leadership Award by Cameron Staples, President of NEASC on December 9, 2016.



Mary Jo Maydew, ‎VP Emerita for Finance and Administration at Mount Holyoke College, was presented with the Jacob Ludes III Leadership Award at the 131st Annual Meeting and Conference of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in Boston on Friday, December 9, 2016.

The Jacob Ludes III Leadership Award - named for the former NEASC Executive Director who provided over 40 years of service and leadership to the Association - was created to recognize NEASC volunteers who demonstrate leadership qualities that further the goals and objectives of the Association. Presented annually, this award goes to an active educator who has created, led, managed or developed a program, project, or activity that has productively impacted the Association or one of its Commissions in a given year.

Upon presenting the award to Ms. Maydew, Cameron Staples, President of NEASC, stated that her work is “a real model of devotion.” Having been involved with NEASC and accreditation since 1987 and having served as a member of the NEASC Board of Trustees for 12 years, Ms. Mayhew’s service has had far-reaching positive outcomes for the members and the mission of NEASC. But perhaps the impacts of her volunteer service are most notable within the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) for which she served two terms as a Commissioner and one as Commission Chair. During her term as Chair, she lead CIHE through a complicated organizational restructuring as new federal government requirements forced a redefinition of the relationship between CIHE and the Association. As a result of her efforts, NEASC was able to remain productive and active in support of its mission and members throughout the process.

Upon receiving the award, Ms. Maydew thanked NEASC for the honor and commented, “I don’t need to tell any of you that these are complicated times in higher education accreditation.” She went on to say that accreditation does change as times change but encouraged the audience to, “Never lose sight of the core of what we do.” Her years of service are a testament to her unfailing personal dedication to that core mission and a model for NEASC volunteerism.

“Never lose sight of
the core of what we do.”