Adam Davis
Assistant Director
Michigan State University

What drew you to the world of college admission counseling?
Like some in the profession, I got into it by accident! When I graduated from college, I knew I wanted to work at my alma mater Michigan State University. However, I had no idea what types of positions might be out there or even how to go about it. I was working at a job right out of college that I knew I did not want to be in long-term. I saw a posting for an admissions counselor position at another school and thought my skills and interests might align with that position. I spent five years at that school and I am now in my 12th year at Michigan State.

What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is working with a wide variety of people. When you work in admissions you not only work with amazing students and their families, but you also get to work with some pretty incredible professionals. Surrounding yourself with curious students as well as inspiring co-workers and colleagues makes the work we do so enjoyable.

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
Our office loves NACAC! Seeing the value my co-workers saw in it, I wanted to get involved with NACAC (and the state affiliate in Michigan, MACAC). Through mentors in my office, I connected with MACAC and co-chaired a committee. Since then, I have attended national and NACAC-sponsored conferences. It is exciting to be around the array of individuals in our profession that NACAC brings together.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
Sadly, there are people who want to make college more restrictive, more expensive, and less equitable. The continued underfunding of programs, the elimination of important resources students require, and the rising costs of tuition all pose significant challenges to the field. This makes the work we do all the more important.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I love spending time with my wife (Monica), kids (Ashton and Eliana), and dog (Mardi). As a family we love to travel, exercise, and eat together when our schedule allows. When I’m not hanging with them, you can find me listening to hip-hop (the ‘90s were the best era), perfecting my skills in the kitchen, or cheering on my favorite sports teams.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
For some reason, my mind went right to superhero. The ability to fly anywhere quickly and have superhuman strength sounds amazing sometimes! I would have to go with Superman.


Published July 1, 2024