Apperson Award

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 pleased to announce the latest winner:

2020 and 2021 details to be posted soon!

2019 Apperson Award Winner
Dr. Michael Carter
Director of College Counseling
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School (VA)

As a leader within PCACAC, where he served in the presidential cycle with distinction, and NACAC, where he has served on two national committees, those who have worked with Mike admire his ability to listen, to organize, to cut to the heart of an issue, and his willingness to look at things from a fresh perspective and ask why we have chosen to do something in a particular way.  Several members of the PCACAC Board have pointed to his efforts to develop an endowment for the organization as one of his legacies.

Mike prepared for his career as a college counselor by serving as an Army officer and by getting a Ph.D. in history.  He is an avid outdoorsman who is active in Ducks Unlimited, and he is married to an opera singer. 

In addition to his service with PCACAC, he served as chair of the Conference Planning Committee for the Virginia Association of independent Schools, one of five different college counselors to head that committee over a span of 15 years

Read the entire tribute to Dr. Carter by James W. Jump, PCACAC Past President

Apperson Award Winners, 1973-present