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“The Richard E. Cone Award is important because it emphasizes the partnership. There are lots of awards out there for outstanding faculty member, outstanding community partner, outstanding student – but this awards gives you a much broader perspective of the importance of partnership and the reciprocal benefit. It calls attention to the components and best practices of high-quality community-university partnerships.”

Kathy O’Byrne
Director, Center for Community Learning
University of California Los Angeles
Honored in 2004

“I was so honored to receive the Cone Award. It was particularly meaningful to me because I was the first recipient from a community college. I felt proud knowing that our work was recognized and equally valued. I hope that I am the first of many community college leaders to receive this recognition.”

Carol Wilkinson
Service-Learning Coordinator
MiraCosta College
Honored in 2007


To highlight the crucial work that our member campuses do to reinforce the vision of the engaged institution and the importance of community-campus partnerships to the field of service-learning and civic engagement, California Campus Compact each year honors an employee of a member campus with the Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education.

Dr. Richard E. Cone (simply and fondly called “Dick” by his colleagues) has been a voice in the national dialogue on experiential education, civic engagement and service-learning since the 1970s. He has provided a guiding spirit and voice in the development and evolution of California Campus Compact since its beginnings more than 20 years ago. In 1999, California Campus Compact presented Dick Cone with the first Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. Since then, the award has been bestowed annually upon an individual who has made significant contributions to the development of partnerships between communities and institutions of higher education – partnerships through which student learning and the quality of life in communities are simultaneously improved.

Read about the impact receiving the Richard E. Cone Award has had on past recipients and their campuses.

CACC congratulates Chris Nayve, University of San Diego as the 2016 recipient of the Richard E. Cone award. Click here to read the press release.


See the list of Richard E. Cone Award recipients.