McNaughton Award

Created in 1999 by the ICW Board of Directors, ICW’s highest award is named in honor of a director and a founder of Independent Colleges of Washington, Stanley O. McNaughton. This award recognizes companies, legislators, and leaders that have demonstrated passion for and commitment to Washington’s independent colleges and universities.


2018: Violet A. Boyer


Retiring ICW President and CEO Violet A. Boyer was presented with the 2018 Stanley O. McNaughton Leadership Award.

“Since joining ICW in 1998, Vi’s leadership on equity and educational attainment has helped increase aid available to students, assuring that higher education remains an option for all regardless of economic circumstance,” said Beck A. Taylor, president of Whitworth University and ICW board chair. “And the independent sector of higher education in Washington could not have had a more inspirational and effective champion. Vi’s legacy will live on for future generations.”

Boyer has worked tirelessly to increase collaboration across the private and public higher education sectors in Washington, recognizing that the health of Washington’s economy demands a well-educated workforce.

“ICW’s work is central to the future of Washington. I am deeply honored, and a bit surprised, to receive this award,” said Boyer. “I have worked with each of its recipients and it is humbling to be added to this extraordinary list of people and companies that have helped so many students.”

Boyer received the award at a dinner on April 9, 2018 celebrating her 20 years of service to ICW. Speakers included Dr. David Warren, president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. of Seattle University; Norma Heredia, an ICW scholarship recipient and student at Whitworth University; and Terry Jones, South Sound Market President for U.S. Bank, among others.

Stanley O. McNaughton

Stanley O. McNaughtonMcNaughton was an outstanding community leader, deeply respected by all who knew him for his strong convictions and commitments. He was a consummate leader in the community and advocate for independent higher education and other organizations dedicated to preparing young people for meaningful lives and careers. His vision laid the foundation for ICW in 1952 and he remained an advocate for the organization’s mission until his death in 1998.

Over the 45 years he was involved with independent colleges, McNaughton kept the organization focused on its mission and, serving as an example, was a generous contributor personally and professionally through PEMCO. There have been few people with such a strong passion for the work of the independent colleges and universities.