BOONE, N.C. — Dr. Tom Kane, Appalachian’s director of university housing, has been recognized as one of five recipients of the 2019 Parthenon Awards, presented by the Association of College and University Housing Officers–International Foundation. He received the award at the ACUHO-I Conference and Expo in Toronto, Canada, June 22–25.
The Pantheon Awards — the ACUHO-I Foundation’s most prestigious awards — recognize supreme achievement in the profession, outstanding service, leadership and contributions to the field of campus housing.
“Tom is a humble man whose purposes are to provide the best campus housing for his students, assist his colleagues as he can and develop talented housing professionals,” one of his nominators said. “He does not seek out visibility or awards. He would prefer to do his job well and feel good about the outcomes. I am supporting Tom’s nomination for the ACUHO-I Parthenon Award because of his careerlong contributions to the profession.”
To be considered for the award, members must have contributed 10 years of service to the housing, residential life or affiliated professions, as well as five years of service at the regional or international level of ACUHO-I.
A minimum of $5,000 in donations to the ACUHO-I Foundation are collected on behalf of each recipient. The nominations and championing process are kept secret so that the recipients are surprised at the conference.
Gifts from individuals and corporate partners to the nonprofit ACUHO-I Foundation support resources and programs that further the development of large-scale educational programs, research initiatives and practice innovations for campus housing and residence life professionals around the world.
Kane holds an Ed.D. in higher education from Texas Tech University, as well as a Master of Science in college counseling from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in history and sociology from Frostburg State University.
Prior to his time at Appalachian, he served as dean of housing and residential education at University of South Florida.
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