Dr. George Giacumakis Innovation Award

The NABCA George Giacumakis Innovation Award is given to an academic institution with off-site location(s) whose staff or faculty did something to strategically move the location or institution forward. Named in memory of Dr. George Giacumakis, originator of the idea for an association dedicated to meeting the professional needs of administrators in higher education who worked at Branch Campuses, all Individual and Academic Institution NABCA Members may apply. One winner will be announced for the Award each year. An Award Recipient representative will be required to present the innovation at the Annual NABCA Conference and one complimentary registration will be provided to the Representative.

The application period for the 2024 Dr. George Giacumakis Innovation Award has now closed. Applications for the 2025 award will open on November 1, 2025.

NABCA invites applications for the George Giacumakis  Innovation Award. The award is designed to encourage recognition, advancement and growth of branch campus administration by:

  • Creating recognition at the campus, community, national and international level

  • Contributing to the body of knowledge about branch campus administration in higher education 

  • Demonstrating effective practices of branch campus administration 

The Selected Award Recipient will receive the following:

  • 1-year NABCA Academic Institution Membership for 1- 5 people

  • 3 month web banner on the NABCA website (within 12 month period following presentation of the award)

  • Priority consideration for NABCA Access Journal submission

  • Opportunity to present innovation at a NABCA Networking Event 

  • Conference Expo table and/or Whova virtual exhibitor table to highlight innovation and institution to NABCA conference attendees

  • General session time at conference to provide virtual tour of location and facilities and share the award-winning innovation or practice

  • Commemorative award

Dr. George Giacumakis 

Innovation Award

Congratulations to

Dr. J. Gary Adcox - University of North Georgia

who was recognized as NABCA's 2023 

Dr. George Giacumakis Innovation Award recipient

for his work with Nighthawks SOAR!


Past Recipients


Southern Kentucky Community and

Technical College

FAME Project


University of Central Florida-Connect Locations

Connect Center Project