Lifetime Achievement Award

2020 Award Recipient

William Kohlhepp, Quinnipiac University

Previous Recipients

  • 2019 – Reginald Carter, Physician Assistant History Society
  • 2018 – Carl Fasser, Baylor College of Medicine
  • 2017 – Thomas Piemme, George Washington University, Professor Emeritus
  • 2016 – Don Pedersen, University of Utah
  • 2015 – Ruth Ballweg, MEDEX Northwest


Award Information

The Lifetime Achievement Award, PAEA’s most prestigious award, honors an individual who has reached the pinnacle of their career in PA education. It recognizes a current or former program faculty or staff member who has made extraordinary contributions to PA education over a sustained period of time; therefore, it may not be awarded annually.

Please note: All nominations submitted by June 30 will be reviewed and a winner will be selected by July 31, to be recognized during the Awards Ceremony at the annual PAEA Education Forum. Nominations received after June 30 will be considered for the 2020 awards cycle.


Nominees for this award must demonstrate outstanding contributions in all of the following areas:

  • History of distinguished service that spans an entire career in all of the following areas:
    • Institutional
    • Local and state
    • National and/or international
  • Measurable impact of pioneering and innovative efforts across PA education at state, national, and/or international level(s)
  • Evidence of service in leadership roles in all of the following areas:
    • Institutional
    • Local and state
    • National and/or international
  • Highly regarded as an exceptional mentor and role model by professional colleagues
  • Consistent record of advocacy for the PA profession and dedication to furthering PA education (e.g., influencing legislation)
    • Advocacy for the PA profession (e.g., workforce, legislative efforts, promoting visibility)
    • Advocacy for PA education (e.g., legislative efforts, interprofessional collaboration)

Requirements and materials


  • Nomination letter describing in detail how the award criteria were met, including evidence of performance above and beyond the nominee’s job description


  • Four letters of support addressing the author’s first-hand knowledge of the nominee with relation to all of the award criteria


  • Nominee’s complete CV or resume


  • Lifetime complimentary PAEA Education Forum registration
  • Lifetime complimentary PAEA membership
  • Complimentary travel to the 2020 Education Forum and two-nights’ hotel stay
  • Crystal award
  • Check for $500
  • Recognition at the Education Forum Awards Ceremony
  • Induction into the Pi Alpha National Honor Society