Arlington, VA (Sept. 19, 2017) — David Burge, vice president of enrollment management at George Mason University (VA), assumed the presidency of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Saturday at the association’s 73rd National Conference in Boston.
In his first speech as NACAC’s top elected leader, Burge challenged his colleagues to promote opportunity for all individuals. He also applauded the association’s recent advocacy work, including efforts made on behalf of undocumented students.
“We oppose ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in the strongest possible terms,” Burge said, earning roaring applause from attendees at NACAC’s Annual Membership Meeting. “We will be champions for these students, supporting legislation and appropriate legal action at every turn.”
In the coming year, Burge said he would work alongside other NACAC leaders to change the national conversation regarding the value of college.
“We know that the perceptions of the relative value of a college degree are under attack. And we know that, all too often, there are more misunderstandings on the affordability of college than true understanding of actual costs and available aid,” Burge said. “We’re going to spend some time in the next year developing strategies for how we can, as an organization, champion the value of a college degree, produce and distribute meaningful research on the impact a degree has on our students, and use all of the channels available to us to shout our testimony that a college degree is important, and there is a way for individual students and families to afford it.”
Burge has worked in the admission profession for nearly two decades. He has been a NACAC member since 2003 and is in his second year on the NACAC board, which provides strategic direction for the association as it offers programs and services to its members, the counseling profession, students, and parents.
In his new role, Burge will work closely with NACAC staff and association leaders to improve the college transition process.
“The relationship between the elected NACAC president and the staff chief executive officer is a critical partnership,” said NACAC CEO Joyce Smith. “I look forward to working with David.”
Burge previously served on NACAC’s Technology Committee and as the president of the Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling, one of NACAC’s 23 state or regional affiliates. Before joining the enrollment management office at George Mason University, Burge held various admission positions at Arizona State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and University of Kansas.
One of his first actions as president was to announce the formation of NACAC’s Ad Hoc Committee on Governance and Restructuring. The group, which held its inaugural meeting on Friday, has been charged with reimagining the governance structure of NACAC to ensure all voices in the organization are heard.
“I am optimistic about the future, but fully aware that we have a lot of work to do together to be the champions we need to be to advance our cause,” Burge told conference attendees. “We will do it together.”
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the association's Statement of Principles of Good Practice: NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.
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