The Legacy Leader Award recognizes individuals who have served as leaders within the college union profession and have worked throughout to advance campus community building. What makes this award unique is that it is a recognition by fellow ACUI members and colleagues of an individual’s impact on the field through their spirit and character.
By nominating an individual for this award, you agree to fundraise on their behalf. “Champions” will be provided with a toolbox of resources, and a member of the Education and Research Fund Program Team and staff at the ACUI Central Office will be assigned to help you reach your fundraising minimum of $2,500.
2023 Recipient: KYLE BURKE, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN–LA CROSSE
Kyle Burke is well-known and highly regarded throughout the Association. Comments from his peers, particularly those in Region V, consistently highlight his humor, kindness, and professionalism. Burke previously worked at Northeastern Illinois and is currently the director of university centers at University of Wisconsin–La-Crosse. Burke just concluded a term as Region V director; he also previously led the 2016 Region V Conference, was the regional student involvement coordinator, and was the recipient of the “Inspiring Vision for Mid-Level Student Affairs Professionals.”
On the international level, Burke volunteered on the ACUI Awards and Honors Naming Committee, served on the 2020 Conference Program Team, and was a hard-working member of the Education and Research Fund Program Team. One nominator wrote that “Kyle truly personifies the qualities and traits of a professional who embodies servant leadership and is truly deserving of the ACUI Legacy Leader Award.”
2023 Recipient: JENNIFER KEEGIN, BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Jennifer Keegin is a dedicated volunteer, great mentor, and inspirational leader. Having worked at Loyola University and now at Binghamton University, Keegin has over 20 years in the field and has made an impact through volunteerism. In three different regions, Keegin served in a variety of capacities, including conference coordinator and web and social media coordinator. She served on the Board of Trustees from 2017–19, led the Volunteer Development Team and multiple communities of practice, was a member of the 2008 Conference Program Team and the Education and Research Fund Team.
Keegin is also a consistent Education and Research Fund donor and a member of the 1914 Society. One of her donors stated, “Your legacy, for me, is of ensuring everyone is made to feel welcome, at home, and befriended within ACUI.”
ACUI is not currently accepting nominations for this award. Please check back in 2024 for additional information about the next nomination period.
Burke (left) and Keegin (right)