Esteemed Colleagues,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying some much-deserved time off this summer with family and friends. It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your PCACAC President. I want to personally thank Anthony Ambrogi, immediate Past President, for his leadership and tutelage throughout the past year. It is not possible to convey the hours he put in to ensure that this organization is in solid fiscal shape and continues to be a model affiliate to NACAC. Below are a few highlights of his work with the Board during his tenure.

  • PCACAC bylaws were updated to ensure compliance with NACAC
  • Treasurer position was changed to a three-year term (beginning July 1, 2018)
  • Making the PCACAC Executive Assistant position full-time
  • Changing the fiscal year for PCACAC to October 1 to September 30
  • Moving PCACAC investments into a more productive portfolio
  • Rising Star award from NACAC for the work of our Admissions Practices Committee
  • Appointment of several new committee Chairs to ensure we start the year fully staffed

Although it is the middle of the summer, your PCACAC leaders continue to be hard at work. Summer Institute at Roanoke College just finished up and the co-chairs and faculty delivered some outstanding professional development and networking for all attendees. Now that Summer Institute has concluded, your presidential team - which includes me, Past President Anthony Ambrogi, and President-Elect Jake Talmage - will participate in NACAC's annual Leadership Development Institute. LDI offers the chance for us to interact with our colleagues at the other 22 regional ACACs, as well as with leaders at NACAC. It's a time for us, as your elected leaders, to discuss and learn more about the issues that are facing our profession and our students. 

The Board will gather in late July to determine our strategic goals for the coming year. We will engage in some team building, spend time orienting new committee chairs and focus on how to better serve the membership and our students. Initiatives of continued importance include:

  • Advocate for the rights of students in the college admission process
  • Provide high quality professional development for all members
  • Increase membership, especially from DC, DE and WV
  • Advocate for the urgency of public policy measures to ensure inclusion, access, and success to higher education for underrepresented students
  • Protect undocumented students who received deferred action status, and advocate forcefully for a path to higher education
  • Develop, promote and monitor the standards of professional behavior as set forth in the Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP) 

I will close by emphasizing how much we value your thoughts and suggestions. We welcome your feedback and invite you to contact members of the Board at any time. You ALL do fabulous work that requires heartfelt dedication to serving others on a daily basis. Thank you for your commitment to working hard every day for students.

Robyn Lady
PCACAC President



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