Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, has received a leadership diversity award from the American Council on Education, a Washington D.C. based higher education group.

Gutmann will receive the "Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award" for her commitment to "increasing access to higher education to all students," the council will announce this morning.

"She has worked tirelessly to assist students in pursuing their dream of a college degree," said Molly Corbett Broad, president of the council.

Gutmann has led Penn since 2004 and under her leadership, the university began an all-grant financial aid policy to help students from lower income families afford a Penn education. Tuition, fees and room and board at Penn will top $63,000 next year.

She has also made faculty diversity a priority, though she has faced criticism in the past for lack of diversity on the university's leadership team.