The Massachusetts Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education honored Suffolk President Margaret McKenna in June with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes a woman leader who has identified, developed, encouraged, advanced, and supported women in higher education and is the highest honor given by the American Council on Education.

The Massachusetts branch of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network cited McKenna’s “outstanding support of professional women in higher education throughout [her] career, including work on behalf of our group during its early years.”

McKenna’s higher education leadership includes serving as vice president of Radcliffe College, as president of Lesley University for 22 years, and as a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. She is known for advancing and supporting women peers through these roles and as president of Suffolk University.

McKenna’s early model for the power of women in education was her aunt, Agnes McKenna, who was the first female guidance counselor and first female secondary school administrator in Rhode Island and among the first women to receive a Master’s degree from Brown University and a Certificate of Theology from Providence College.

McKenna is an author, speaker, and expert on issues of educational access, women’s economic empowerment, social change leadership.