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CEO Search Timeline

Selecting the next CEO of NACAC is a critically important endeavor. This search process will take months of hard work and this process is anticipated to conclude in 2020, with the new CEO assuming office as soon as possible. While time is a factor, the most important goal is to find the right individual to lead NACAC.

May 2019
NACAC CEO Joyce E. Smith announced her intentions to retire in 2020 after 30 years of service to the association and 44 years in the college admission profession.

June 2019
The Board of Directors appointed a search committee, led by President-elect Jayne Fonash, and retained Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA) to begin the process of finding the next CEO.

July 2019
RRA and the search committee will attend the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) in Miami, FL. RRA plans to meet one-on-one with the Board of Directors and Affiliate Presidents Council members to get a sense of the organization. Insights gathered at LDI will be used to inform the position specifications.

August 2019
RRA will provide additional opportunities for stakeholders to provide input to the search committee concerning the current pressures and challenges facing the membership, and the types of skills and experiences a strong CEO candidate should possess. Details concerning opportunities for input will be provided on this webpage and through eblasts to the NACAC membership.

September 2019
RRA and the search committee will attend the 2019 National Conference in Louisville, KY. RRA plans to be available to meet one-on-one with members and get a sense of the organization. Insights gathered at the conference will be used to inform the position specifications.

October 2019
The CEO position specifications will be finalized and posted. It will be posted on the NACAC website and shared with members, along with instructions on how to apply or nominate other individuals.

November – December 2019
The search committee and RRA will begin to actively recruit candidates.

January – February 2020
The search committee will start to vet serious candidates for the position.

March – April 2020
The search committee will recommend candidate finalists to the Board of Directors for consideration.

Late Spring- Early Summer 2020
The Board of Directors votes on the new CEO and the new executive will be announced.

Summer/Fall 2020
New CEO is expected to start their tenure at NACAC. However, pending the individual’s current employment, it may take several months for them to transition out of their current role.

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