The William Pearson Tolley Medal for Distinguished Leadership in Lifelong Learning recognizes outstanding contributions in lifelong and continuing education.
For four decades, William Pearson Tolley was one of the nation’s pre-eminent leaders in higher education. By the time he retired in 1969—after serving as Syracuse University’s chancellor for 27 years—he had reconfigured the Syracuse campus, tripled enrollment, and made what was then called “adult education” his career legacy.
In establishing this honor in his name in 1966, the SU Board of Trustees paid tribute to a man whose own interest was expressed in consistent, personal support of continuing education worldwide. Today, Tolley Medal recipients are selected by the School of Education and recognized each year at the One University Awards.