AFW honored two recipients on December 9, 2020, during the AFW’s Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award Ceremony: Jo Washburn and Mary Wack. Both Jo and Mary serve as role models and exemplars of effective leadership. They each have made long-lasting impacts at WSU for the betterment of all.
We recognize Mary Wack with the Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award for her deep and sustained commitment to the advancement of women at WSU. In her service as the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, we have all benefited from Mary’s steady and deeply thoughtful leadership. As several of her nominators shared, her impact on undergraduate education at WSU is profound and far reaching. By example and guidance, Mary has steered us all during the COVID-19 pandemic to center both excellence and compassion in our instruction. Finally, Mary dedicates significant efforts mentoring women in leadership at WSU providing them advice, solutions, key information, and regular collegial encouragement.