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CEN Outstanding Leader Awards

CEN Members play a key role in the success of our community as a whole. To acknowledge those contributions, CEN presents the Outstanding Leader Awards annually to any individual from a CEN member organization who has provided extraordinary leadership, energy, ideas, and achievements for the advancement and development of the CEN community, its products and/or services, and/or its foundational mission, vision, and values.

*COLA Recipients will receive free admission to the CEN Member Conference


  • Any individual at a CEN member institution is eligible for this award, if they have not already received it 
  • Non-CEN Members, such as R&E members, vendors, or resellers, may be considered on an individual case basis  

Criteria for Selection

The successful candidate must satisfy some or all the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrated leadership and/or a consistent pattern of extraordinary dedication to the CEN community and/or its foundational mission and values 
  • Record of positive impact on the broad CEN community and stands out among peers in similar positions 
  • Active participation in one or more CEN community teams including advisory councils, project teams, working groups, or community engagement activities 
  • Be widely recognized as a team player and one who has enriched the CEN community 


    Nominating Process

    • Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis, with submissions due for each year’s candidates by March 18 
    • Nominations can be from an individual at any CEN member institution or from the Commission for Educational Technology 
    • Self-nominations are allowed with 1 – 3 letters of recommendation 
    • Complete the nomination form


        Selection Committee & Process

        • The review committee comprises the CEN Director, CEN Member Services Manager, CEN Sr. Engineer, CEN Advisory Council Chairpersons, two members at large, and the CET Executive Director 
        • If a member of the review committee is a candidate, they are recused from participating as a reviewer 
        • Nominees will be evaluated based on the online nomination form and any supporting documentation 
        • Nominations will be evaluated in early April each year
        • Recipients will be announced and celebrated at the annual CEN Member Conference in May


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