The Richard D. Blackburn New Professional Award honors an emerging leader in the profession for their energy and involvement in advancing campus community. The recipient receives a $400 cash prize to celebrate their commitment and allow for additional networking with peers, continued career growth, and professional development.
2023 Recipient: Abby Pieger, Bentley University
Abby Pieger began her ACUI involvement as an undergraduate student and serves on the Regional Conference Planning Team. She was recently promoted to assistant director for the student programs and engagement department and serves on various committees to advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. She is an excellent role model for current and future student affairs professionals.
ACUI is now accepting nominations for individual awards! Nominate by December 8!
About Richard Blackburn
Blackburn served ACUI in numerous leadership positions, including president in 1968-1969 and executive director from 1982-1991. Throughout his career, which included serving as the director of the union on three college campuses, he demonstrated continuous commitment to the development of student leaders and to new professionals.
His support and encouragement of individuals is felt today through the leadership of college union and student activities administrators everywhere who had the privilege of working with him in the early stages of their careers. His influence on and encouragement of new professionals is reflected in this award, given annually to an individual who demonstrates the potential for excellence in the field of college union and student activities work.