NACAS Awards

Deserved Recognition

On your campus, you and your colleagues work hard to break new ground, implement innovation, and achieve success. Now it is time to honor these achievements by nominating yourself or someone you know for a NACAS award. Your nominations make our community a better place and ensure excellence is promoted.

Awards & Scholarships

NACAS, with the financial support of the NACAS Education Foundation, honors the best and brightest in our industry with 13 different award & scholarship categories. Nominated by their professional peers, award winners are announced and honored at each year’s C3X Annual Conference & Expo.

Award and scholarship opportunities include:

2021 Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2021 NACAS Member Award winners! Your creativity, dedication to auxiliaries, and commitment to higher education have impacted not only your schools but all of NACAS.




Robert F. Newton Award for Distinguished Service

Diane Reynolds, MBA, CASP

Virginia Commonwealth University

Edwin R. Golden Award for Inclusive Excellence

DaNesha Allen

University of Houston

Innovative Achievement in Auxiliary Services

University Dining Program

UW-Green Bay University Dining

David H. Lord Award for Exemplary Community Service

David C. Atkins

George Mason University

Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr. Legacy Award

Jason A. Levy

Temple University

Outstanding Business Partner of the Year

Chartwells Higher Education

Volunteer of the Year

Emily A. Messa, PhD, CASP

University of Houston

Silver Torch

Robert Holden, MPA, CASP

University of Georgia (Retired)

Central – Regional Mentor Award

Matt Suwalski, CASP

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Central – Regional Rising Star

Dr. Anita Hicks

Oakland University

Central Region - Volunteer of the Year

David VanderSloot, CASP

Grand Valley State University

East – Regional Mentor Award

Phillip R. Allison

United States Naval Academy

East – Regional Rising Star

LTC Lee Clark, CASP

Virginia Military Institute

East Region - Volunteer of the Year

Mara Lowrey

Algonquin College

South – Regional Mentor Award

Michael L. Smith

Florida A&M University

South – Regional Rising Star

Khushbu Thakor

University of Houston

South Region - Volunteer of the Year

Rick Torres

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

West – Regional Mentor Award

Joseph Pearson, CASP

Central Washington University

West – Regional Rising Star

West Region - Volunteer of the Year

Lakshmi Sangaranarayanan, CASP

University of Calgary