The International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) has unanimously approved the institution of the J. Michael Adams Leadership and Service Award, to be bestowed every three years upon an individual whose work is emblematic of President Adams’ commitment to peace, to sustainable development, economic progress and social advancement, and to higher education as a bridge to these.


Ramu Damodaran (Winner 2021)

Chief of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

The Board of Directors of the IAUP unanimously agreed to confer the J. Michael Adams award to Ramu Damodaran during the 2021 Triennial Conference of the IAUP, held virtually from July 29-31, 2021.

Damodaran served as Director for the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), an organization that under his leadership fostered a diverse and vibrant global network comprising over 1,600 member institutions spanning more than 150 countries, impacting over 25 million individuals in the fields of education and research, and serving as a hub of innovative solutions and ideas that help advance the Sustainable Development Goals across different latitudes and disciplines.


Allan E. Goodman (Winner 2017)

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of International Education (IIE.)

The Board of Directors of the IAUP unanimously agreed to confer the J. Michael Adams award to Allan E. Goodman during the 2017 Vienna, Austria, Triennial Conference of the IAUP.
Allan E. Goodman has recognized the role of university presidents and chancellors in the rescuing of scholars threatened by conflict and in supporting developing international education worldwide,
He has spent countless hours of efforts to support the cause of international education globally, promoting a diplomatic approach to establish a Scholars’ Rescue Fund, to increase the numbers of American students going abroad and the participatiuon of international students in  USA higher education institutions, and
He has supported various programs through the Institute of International Education (IIE) for all countries of the world for the benefit of students, faculty, researchers and threatened scholars in a devoted manner, and
Allan E. Goodman has played a key role in advancing the cause of peace and international education, including the support of developing nations throughout the world through his dedicated efforts and service.