Shared Goals

By Todd Rinehart, NACAC President

Over the last 10 months, we’ve managed many things – some that we’ve seen before, and others that are completely new and foreign to our lived experiences.

Some have been indescribable and unfathomable. The year 2020 and the early days of 2021 are giving new meaning to the phrase “that just happened.” The recent attack on the US Capitol was another surreal moment. Yet it was also profoundly disturbing and very predictable.

I’m beginning to run out of words of wisdom to address everything that we’ve experienced in recent months, but I’ll never run out of hope and faith in our country, NACAC, and each of you. And I can assure you that the members of the NACAC Board of Directors have not lost faith in our work – we are pursuing our goals for the year with great enthusiasm and resolve.

As we embark on a new year, our board has an opportunity to ponder what we’ve experienced this past year, and dream about our future and the steps to get there. The resolution-setting for our board for the new year began at our retreat in November, where we met to develop and finalize our “Board Goals and Priorities” for the 2020-21 year. We had robust discussions in determining which goals to keep from the previous year and which new ones to add.

Overall, the goals reflect the board’s core responsibility to guide the association to a position of strength. This includes ensuring NACAC’s financial health, advancing diversity and inclusion efforts, and strengthening the important ties that connect the association and its affiliates.

The priorities also show a commitment to supporting NACAC’s CEO and staff in implementing the membership’s  recommendations. A great deal of listening, discussing, and thinking went into the documents and reports that are now NACAC’s roadmaps for change. These guides would not have been possible without your comments, candor, and care.

The board’s role is to keep the members’ recommendations front and center. Each board meeting includes a review of the priorities and an assessment of where we are in achieving them. We are accountable to each other… and to you.

Please take a moment to review the Board Goals and Priorities for 2020-21. I think you’ll recognize the articulation of many of the hopes and wishes you have for this organization, for the profession, and for student success. These goals animate the work of the board and the association, and reaffirm that NACAC is for you.

The prospect ahead is indeed challenging, but we are hopeful and confident we can accomplish these with the support and collaboration of our membership. We’ve got this!


Todd Rinehart
NACAC President
University of Denver, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment

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