Message from GNC Chair, Stefanie Niles

Stephanie NilesThe Governance and Nominating Committee (GNC) is beginning the process of identifying highly qualified candidates for the 2021 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, Myronee Simpson, accurately expresses the feelings of GNC members with the following comment: “Each year when the GNC gathered to review applications, discuss and select nominees and put forth a slate of candidates for the Board of Directors, I was always amazed not only by the breadth and depth of the professional and personal experiences of the NACAC members who submitted applications for Board service but by their willingness to serve NACAC. During each of our meetings, I would recall the GNC members asking these questions at the outset of our committee deliberations, “Who will be leaving the current board? Who will we need to select to ensure that next year’s board roster reflects the various member constituencies and voices of the association? In considering the immediate and future needs of NACAC, what experiences and skills, backgrounds, and perspectives are currently missing at the Board table?” What I remember most from my time on the GNC is that every year the task of selecting a slate was more challenging, because there were so many qualified and compelling applicants to consider but the committee had the ability to put forward only a small number of candidates. While each year there were applicants who were unfortunately not selected, I can confidently state that the applicants that the GNC reviewed who were ultimately not selected were highly qualified and could have easily been selected for the slate in a different year.”

This year, there are three positions to be filled by the online election of the entire eligible voting membership: two 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.

Due to the recent approval of proposed bylaw amendments, in order to be eligible for board service you must be a NACAC voting member in good standing, principal representative of a NACAC voting institution, or organization member in good standing for five years prior to assuming office. Any voting NACAC member who meets the eligibility requirements may submit their application for consideration by the Governance and Nominating Committee, which determines the final slate of nominees. The committee seeks NACAC members who have shown a strong commitment to the admission and counseling 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 a candidate for the 2021 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, institutional support form, and candidate reference forms must be submitted by May 14, 2021. 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 late May.

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.

If you are unsure whether you would like to apply for board service, the Governance and Nominating Committee will be offering a webinar titled: Serving on the NACAC Board of Directors on Thursday, April 15 at 12 p.m. ET.  Please register for the webinar and join members of the committee for a discussion on the role of the NACAC Board of Directors and to learn more about why you should consider running for board service.  The webinar will focus on the work of the board, the roles/responsibilities of board members, and provide a more detailed explanation on the process of submitting your name for candidacy. 

If you would like to recommend a member for board service or would like to discuss your interest in serving on the board please feel free to contact me or any member of the Governance and Nominating Committee at

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