Message from GNC Chair, David Burge

David Burge, GNC ChairThe Governance and Nominating Committee (GNC) is beginning the process of identifying highly qualified candidates for the 2020 NACAC Board of Directors election. This is a task that committee members take very seriously, and it calls for dedicated attention from NACAC members, the committee, and NACAC staff. The GNC is committed to creating a strong and diverse pool of member leaders to ensure that the slate of candidates includes nominees with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Former committee member, Ellen Deitrich, accurately expresses the feelings of GNC members with the following comment: “The GNC is committed to putting forth a slate of candidates that reflects the myriad voices of our association, candidates who will uphold and grow NACAC’s responsibility to equity, access, and opportunity as well as the professional standards relative to the association’s mission and vision. Serving on the GNC has allowed me to appreciate the breadth of our membership; the most exciting time is when people step forward who bring a perspective not already represented—people who don’t just complement the voices at the table but add to the depth of the discussion. NACAC committee service has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. It is a privilege to be part of a process that allows members to develop professionally while positively impacting the important work we do.”

This year, there are four positions to be filled by election of the 2020 Assembly in Minneapolis: three board directors and the president-elect. Board directors serve a three-year term. The president-elect serves the three-year presidential cycle, followed by an additional year as chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.

There are a variety of ways a member can be considered eligible, including service on a national or affiliate committee, as an affiliate president, as an Assembly delegate, or as a NACAC professional development program facilitator or faculty member. Any voting NACAC member who meets eligibility requirements may submit their application for consideration of the Governance and Nominating Committee, which determines the final slate of nominees. Whatever form that prior service takes, the committee seeks NACAC members who have shown a strong commitment to the admission and counseling profession and have served affiliates, the national association, or the admission profession through substantive leadership roles. Our goal is to present a slate of nominees that is representative of our diverse membership.

Individuals interested in being considered as candidates for the 2020 NACAC Board of Directors election must meet qualifications described in the call for candidates. All applicants must complete a biographical information form, as well as provide references and a letter of support from their current institution. The application, biographical information, and institutional support form must be submitted by Feb. 10, 2020. The candidate reference form is due Feb. 14, 2020. All forms and procedures are outlined on the NACAC website. The Governance and Nominating Committee will review all the applications and select the slate of nominees at its committee meeting in March.

Service on the NACAC Board of Directors provides opportunities for unparalleled personal and professional growth, in addition to the chance to provide direction to the profession and our association. Many former board members describe their service as a professional highlight. I urge you to seriously consider the contributions that you might make as a member of our board.

Please feel free to contact me or any member of the Governance and Nominating Committee at to discuss your interest.

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