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Daugherty receives state award

Whitney Daugherty

In a celebration of leadership and commitment to women’s professional development and advancement in higher education, Whitney Daugherty, assistant provost of Student Affairs at Vincennes University, was honored with the inaugural Rising Woman Leader Award by the American Council on Education Women’s Network of Indiana.

She was honored at the ACE-WIN annual conference in Indianapolis on Feb. 23.

Daugherty’s professional journey is a testament to the power of dedication and persistence in the pursuit of one’s passions, according to a press release issued by the university. During her career, she has worn many hats and served in various roles, including as academic advisor, assessment coordinator, assistant director of career services, director of student activities, and, finally, assistant provost.

The Rising Woman Leader Award recognizes Daugherty’s “exceptional upward trajectory in leadership roles and her dedication and advocacy,” the release states.

“She stands out as a leader with great promise, actively contributing to the ACE Women’s Network mission of inspiring, developing, and supporting women leaders in higher education through her role as Assistant Provost and the VU ACE-WIN Institutional Representative,” the release states.

Reflecting on her achievement, Daugherty expressed gratitude. “I am deeply honored to receive the Rising Woman Leader Award,” she said. “This underscores the collective efforts towards fostering an inclusive community that empowers women in higher education. Together, we can continue to transform and elevate our academic institutions.”

VU Provost Dr. Laura Treanor congratulated Daugherty, recognizing her outstanding contributions to the University community.

She said, “Whitney is an outstanding individual whose leadership qualities, dedication, and impact make her exceptionally deserving of this award. Her leadership journey has been characterized by roles of increasing responsibility, and she has demonstrated a style of inclusive leadership that has created supportive and productive environments for students and employees alike.”

Daugherty’s journey “exemplifies the spirit of leadership and advocacy, making her a beacon within the ACE Women’s Network of Indiana and a source of inspiration for aspiring women leaders in higher education,” the release states.

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