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Government Relations Award

Established in 2001, the Government Relations Award is presented to a NACAC member who has made outstanding efforts in support of policy initiatives that promote equal access to higher education, encourage student achievement and promote counselor excellence, and further the government relations priorities of NACAC members.

About the 2017 Winner:

The Government Relations Award is presented to a NACAC member who has made outstanding efforts in support of policy initiatives that promote equal access to higher education, encourage student achievement, promote counselor excellence, and further the government relations priorities of NACAC members.Sarah Summerhill, assistant director of admissions at Michigan State University, has a passion for politics and a desire to make others aware of issues that impact education. She has been an integral part of NACAC's Government Relations Committee, serving as chair for four years and has been extremely involved in government relations work in her home state of Michigan. Sarah has presented on government relations issues at several affiliate conferences. Her enthusiastic attitude carries over in all she does and her passion for advocacy work has served NACAC well.

Previous Award Winners:

  • 2017 - Sarah Summerhill
  • 2016 - Jessica Sant
  • 2015 - Grant Blume
  • 2014 - Julie Fopma
  • 2013 - Jayne Fonash
  • 2012 - Ken Anselment
  • 2011 - Bob Bardwell
  • 2010 - Craig Dodson
  • 2009 - Patrick O'Connor
  • 2008 - Jon Westover
  • 2007 - From Western ACAC: Kevin Buck, Elsa Clark, Esther Hugo, Esther Lopez, Rafael Magallan, Marc Meredith, Katy Murphy, and Loretta Whitson
  • 2006 - Allen V. Lentino  
  • 2005 - New York State ACAC
  • 2004 - Rose-Ellen Racanelli
  • 2003 - Jim Miller
  • 2002 - Frank Sachs  
  • 2001 - Braxton Rethwisch

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