The Richard L. Apperson Award, named in honor of PCACAC's first president, is the association's highest honor presented to a PCACAC member. It is awarded annually to a member whose career embodies the ideals of the association - providing extraordinary service to students, to PCACAC and to the college counseling profession. We are please to announce that the 2014 Apperson Award winner is Jenifer L. Blair ("JB").
An Economics major in college headed for a career in broadcast journalism, JB was diverted to college admissions at her Alma Mater where she ascended the ranks from superb campus tour guide to Dean of Undergraduate Admissions. From the University of Mary Washington to several other college and high school administrative positions to her current position as VP of Enrollment Services at Richard Bland College in Petersburg, VA, Jenifer knows the profession intimately. In the words of Marty Wilder, Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, University of Mary Washington:
“In all the years that I have known her, I cannot think of anyone who better exemplifies the spirit of PCACAC. JB is the model of professionalism, positive energy, cooperative team spirit, commitment to high ethical standards and genuine concern for her colleagues and the students she serves.
Few members of PCACAC can claim the extensive professional involvement as JB. Highlights of her many accomplishments include:
- PCACAC service as the tenacious, efficient and meticulous editor of The Anchor, our quarterly print newsletter (in the “old” days);
- a visionary President who recognized and seized the potential of PCACAC, moving it into the upper echelon of NACAC affiliates;
- Chair of the Credentials and By Laws Committee with unflagging attention to minute details, ensuring that PCACAC was always NACAC compliant;
- coming out of Presidential retirement to reinvigorated the inert PCACAC website, propelling us from the dark ages into the light, from a paper-dense to a paperless organization;
- presenter for PCACAC conferences, Summer Institutes, and Drive-In workshops, at both the national and local levels,sharing her knowledge, expertise, experience, versatility and zest to produce programs that are meaningful, rich and deep; and
- serving on the NACAC Journal Editorial Board, ultimately as Chair, and eventually recruited as a nominee for NACAC Director.
Read the tribute from Arlene Ingram, former PCACAC President, Executive Assistant, and currently serving as Site Coordinator.
Apperson Award Winners, 1973-present