The Mr. Donald Maclaren, Jr. Academic Award For
The Dr. John A. Curry Employer Award For
The Dr. Constantine “Taki” Papadakis Leadership Award For Excellence In Innovation, Entrepreneurship And Commitment To Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education
Dr. Constantine “Taki” Papadakis was President of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. for 13 years, where he became a university leader like no other before him. He changed people, brought ideas to life, and improved everything he touched, and during his Presidency Drexel experienced one of the most remarkable and sustained periods of success in the University’s history. Today’s Drexel in many ways reflects his leadership: bold, innovative, and committed to the highest level of excellence.
Taki was also the Chair of the National Commission for Cooperative Education (which has recently joined WACE) for five years and served as a trustee for 13 years. During his tenure as trustee, he pioneered many innovative initiatives, including The Corporate Symposium, The Co-op Hall of Fame, and The $4M National Co-op Scholarship Program. Taki was highly respected, both nationally and throughout the world, as a passionate leader and advocate for high quality cooperative & work-integrated education. President Papadakis passed away in 2009 at the age of 63.
CRITERIA: Significant contribution to executive leadership during which innovative strides were taken to produce transformational results. Ideally, the recipient will have:
The award includes an engraved plaque, one free registration to the World Conference, and two years of free membership for his/her institution in WACE. The recipient is responsible for travel and other expenses incurred to attend the World Conference.
Since the inception of this prestigious WACE Award in 2011, the following individuals have been honored: