The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) is pleased to announce that Euan Hague, Ph.D., will receive the Barbara A. Holland Scholar-Administrator Award, an award that recognizes the growing need for research-informed leadership in higher education.

Dr. Hague will be honored with an award presentation on October 22, 2019 at the 2019 CUMU Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Hague serves as director of the School of Public Service at DePaul University and is a professor in the Department of Geography. He also serves as director of DePaul’s new curricular Urban Cluster, an affiliation of multiple degree-granting programs, departments, and research centers. He has led numerous interdisciplinary initiatives that have produced an engaged curriculum that tackles urban issues. His interdisciplinary approach to leadership and administration has led to the development of several undergraduate minors and an MA in Sustainable Urban Development which has become a robust contributor to the urban-focused graduate curriculum at DePaul.

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“I am deeply honored to receive the Holland Award. It recognizes what many of us do in our academic jobs, and appreciates the work of faculty that goes beyond the realms of teaching and research. When I finished my Ph.D. twenty years ago, I did not think about becoming a ‘scholar-administrator.’ I do not think such a phrase even existed. Yet it accurately reflects my career, as it does that of Dr. Holland,” said Hague.

Dr. Hague’s leadership extends into Chicago’s neighborhoods, where he is actively involved with the work of Pilsen Alliance, a nonprofit community organization that works in Chicago’s primarily Latinx Lower West Side, and AREA-Chicago, a group of activists, artists, and academics who published a semi-annual newspaper that tackled urban-related themes.

“Being a scholar-administrator at an institution based in the center of Chicago has enabled me to work with people, both on and off campus, in ways that have advanced DePaul University, the study of my home discipline of geography and, I hope, have impacted on the city and its residents in positive ways.”

Dr. Hague studied geography at Syracuse University (Ph.D.), cultural studies at Lancaster University (M.A.) in the United Kingdom, and geography at University of Bristol (B.S.) in the United Kingdom.

The Holland Award is a CUMU member-nominated, member-led initiative. In recent years, CUMU initiatives revealed many leadership decisions and campus strategies are being informed by rigorous research that leads to effective and replicable strategies. The Barbara A. Holland Scholar-Administrator Award honors mid-career scholar-administrators whose leadership and intellectual voice is leading to new strategic directions relevant to current challenges in higher education. Holland Scholars are distinguished by an integrated record of administrative leadership and high-impact scholarship that has shaped ideas and actions within and beyond their institution.

“The award honors Barbara’s leadership, intellectual voice, and deep commitment to supporting the urban mission of the CUMU membership,” said Valerie Holton, Ph.D, LCSW, editor of CUMU’s Metropolitan Universities journal. “The selection committee was impressed by his combination of solid published and presented scholarship, administrative leadership, and applied practice in the urban space. His work clearly has helped DePaul interpret and strengthen its urban mission.”

Hague was nominated by Guillermo Vásquez de Velasco, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences at DePaul University.

“As director of our Urban Studies Cluster, he provides leadership to a large number of academic, research, and service units at DePaul University and partner institutions. His collaborative spirit has propelled many projects in which he has intersected the contributions of students, faculty, professional, and other administrators. His leadership is truly inspirational,” said Vásquez de Velasco.

“DePaul University embraces its urban character and its public service responsibility, which is manifested in the work of its faculty and staff,” said Salma Ghanem, Ph.D., interim provost, DePaul University. “Dr. Hague embodies DePaul’s mission through his engagement in community-based research and collaboration with local organizations. This award is a wonderful affirmation of his excellent work.”

Founded in 1989, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) is the longest-running and largest organization committed to serving and connecting North America’s urban and metropolitan universities and their partners. CUMU focuses on strengthening institutions that are developing new responses to the pressing educational, economic, and social issues of the day. Learn more at and follow CUMU on Twitter.

Barbara A. Holland, Ph.D., is a professor, researcher and consultant recognized internationally for her scholarship and expertise on organizational change in higher education with a special focus on the strategic impacts of community engagement as a method of teaching, learning and research. Her current academic affiliations are Distinguished Community Engagement Professor at University of Nebraska Omaha, and Senior Scholar at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has served in senior academic administrative roles at several universities in the United States and Australia, held a visiting scholar role in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development headquarters for two years during the Clinton and Bush administrations, and was Executive Director of the federally-funded National Service-Learning Clearinghouse for seven years. The library collection, upon the closing of the Clearinghouse, was moved to the Criss Library at University of Nebraska Omaha in 2011 and is called The Barbara A. Holland Collection for Service-Learning and Community Engagement.

About DePaul University
DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the U.S. and the largest private, nonprofit university in the Midwest, with more than 22,000 students and a wide range of academic and professional programs. DePaul was founded in Chicago in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians), a Roman Catholic religious community dedicated to following the ideals of St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th century priest for whom the university is named. Guided by its Catholic, Vincentian, and urban mission, the university continues to strengthen what makes DePaul unique: respected academics, real-world knowledge, and a commitment to social responsibility, all informed by the place it calls call home — the urban and multicultural city of Chicago. The university’s distinctive mission establishes a strong foundation of inclusive liberal-arts education, religious pluralism, and social justice — responsibilities that endure in the life of the university today. More information at