Saint Peter’s University Board of Trustees Named Recipient of 2024 John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership by Association of Governing Boards

Jersey City, N.J. – January 17, 2024 –Saint Peter’s University today announced that its Board of Trustees have been selected to receive the John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). AGB and its mission partner TIAA present the Nason Award, established in 1992, to higher education governing boards that demonstrate exceptional leadership and initiative.

This year’s honorees were chosen from a diverse array of nominations illustrating the essential work of boards from four-year public and private colleges and universities, two-year institutions and institutionally related foundations.

The Nason Award recognizes the leadership of the Saint Peter’s University Board of Trustees in successfully navigating recent higher education challenges, notably those exacerbated by the global pandemic. Inspired by Magis—a Jesuit principle of striving for the better and for excellence—the Saint Peter’s Board leveraged a new strategic plan to expand enrollment and diversify revenue; implemented financial measures that provided greater operating flexibility and supported three major capital projects and the most successful fundraising campaign in University history; and adopted leading governance practices while reaffirming the mission commitment to diversity.

“Saint Peter’s progress, amid the current challenges of running an institution in this difficult higher education environment, has solidified my view of the University as a special place,” said Kenneth Moore, CFA ’91, chair of the Saint Peter’s University Board of Trustees. “Saint Peter’s is characterized by a high level of dedication across the faculty and staff and led by talented and committed trustees who give the most treasured resource of time so that the University remains the exceptional place it is.”

Saint Peter’s is one of four institutions receiving this year’s Nason Award. Other recipients include the Babson College Board of Trustees, Oakton College Educational Foundation Board of Directors and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation Board of Directors.

“Like presidents and other higher education leaders, governing boards are constantly looking for inspiring stories to celebrate, emulate and reflect on,” said Ellen Chaffee, AGB interim president and CEO. “The selection committee felt these four nominations deserved recognition for the work they have done for their students, their communities, and their institutions and foundations. I am deeply impressed by the honorees’ achievements, and I look forward to seeing where they go next.”

The Nason Award is named for higher education leader John W. Nason, who served as the chair of the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council and helped more than 4,000 interned students continue their college studies across the nation during World War II. Learn more about AGB’s Nason Award at

AGB is the premier organization advocating strategic board governance in higher education. TIAA is a Fortune 100 financial services organization dedicated to helping its clients pursue financial well-being.

Recipients of the 2024 awards will be honored at AGB’s Foundation Leadership Forum (January 28-30) and National Conference on Trusteeship (March 26-28).

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