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Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award

Established in 1973, the Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award was named for a fine and outstanding leader who devoted his life to counseling and assisting students in attaining their educational goals. The Wilson Award is presented to a NACAC member who, over a period of years, has performed outstanding service to our profession.

Below are several (but not all) of the criteria that the Governance and Nominating Committee uses when nominating an award recipient for the Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award.  

  • NACAC Membership: member for 10 or more years
  • Counseling Students: always serve/advocate for students first with passion and integrity
  • Above and Beyond: volunteer considerable time to working with families and professionals beyond work duties
  • Service to Profession: consistently mentor colleagues and provide inspiration and support; volunteer to teach or create professional development opportunities
  • Service to Affiliate: leader in creating or growing an affiliate association; strong advocacy on the national arena; nurture future leaders
  • Service to NACAC: previous NACAC service on the Board of Directors or as a chair of a national committee; service over an extended period in the NACAC leadership; offer support, insights and manpower when needed; serve as a mentor and identify up and coming leaders

About the 2019 Award Winner:

2019 Wilson Award WinnerNan Davis, who recently retired as vice president for institutional enrollment at Austin College (TX), has had a remarkable impact as a mentor to scores of admission professionals. A longtime member of NACAC and the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC), Davis was instrumental in developing the curriculum for her affiliate’s Admission and College Counseling Institute, formerly known as the TACAC Summer Institute. The immersive four-day program helps participants build the skills needed to assist students in the college search and selection progress. Davis has also played an instrumental role on several NACAC committees and currently serves the College Board as a member of its board of trustees and its Access & Diversity Collaborative.

 Previous Award Winners:

  • 2018 - Lynn Slaughter (posthumous) and Susan Biemeret 
  • 2017 - Youlonda Copeland-Morgan
  • 2016 - Evelyn Boyd White
  • 2015 - Bill Dingledine
  • 2014 - Myron Arakawa
  • 2013 - Carolyn Barnhart
  • 2012 - George Mills​
  • 2011 - Esther Hugo
  • 2010 - Marybeth Kravets​
  • 2009 - John Blackburn​
  • 2008 - Theodore Spencer​
  • 2007 - Kpakpundu Ezeze​​
  • 2006 - Michael Barron​ ​
  • ​2005 - Angela 'Nickie' Roberson ​
  • 2004 - Daniel Feldhaus ​ Edward Wall ​
  • 2003 - Richard Stabell ​
  • 2002 - Lonnie Barefield ​
  • 2001 - Joseph P. Allen ​
  • 2000 - Gary Williams ​
  • 1999 - G. Gary Ripple​
  • 1998 - Roger Campbell ​ ​
  • 1997 - Peggy Templeton-Strong ​ ​
  • 1996 - Naomi Kuziemski ​ ​
  • 1995 - Sally LaGoy​ ​
  • 1994 - Braxton Rethwisch ​
  • 1993 - R. Russell Shunk​ ​
  • 1992 - Anne M. Kennedy ​
  • 1991 - James A. Alexander, Jr.​
  • 1990 - Joseph A. Monte​
  • 1989 - Lois C. Mazzuca ​
  • 1988 - Margaret E. Addis​
  • 1987 - Sarah J. Needham​
  • 1986 - Jeanette B. Hersey ​
  • 1985 - Mary Ann Schwalbe ​
  • 1984 - Evelyn M. Yeagle ​
  • 1983 - Donald G. Dickason​
  • 1982 - Charles E. Malone ​
  • 1981 - Anna H. Bowditch​
  • 1980 - Marion Flagg
  • 1979 - Emery R. Walker, Jr.​ 
  • 1978 - Mildred G. Fox ​
  • 1977 - Harley Wyatt, Jr. ​
  • 1976 - Louis H. Fritzmeier ​
  • 1975 - Esther DeMerritt ​
  • 1974 - Eugene S. Wilson ​
  • 1973 - Harland W. White​ ​

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