Whenever the calendar changes, I feel a sense of hope and anticipation for new opportunities. Thus, as 2019 starts, I am excited to share some of PCACAC’s plans to engage our membership.  Below is a snapshot — see the Anchor Splash, online calendar  and PCACAC website for more. 

 54th Annual Conference: Chaired by Rosemary Martin (St. John’s College High School, DC), this year’s conference will be in College Park, MD on May 2-4.  This is the first time our conference has been in May and the first time it runs Thursday through Saturday.  The Conference Planning Committee (CPC) has great initiatives to make the conference engaging, educational and inspiring!

  • Conference Sessions: President-Elect Joel Lang from (Padua Academy, DE) is working with a subcommittee to evaluate proposals.  In addition to great ideas submitted by our members, standing committees such as Admissions Practices, chaired by Dale Bittinger (UMBC, MD), and Current Trends and Future Issues, chaired by Anne Marie Strauss (Garrison Forest School, MD) will be presenting outstanding sessions.

  • Local Outreach: Collaborating with the CPC, the Inclusion, Access and Success Committee, chaired by Chris Miller (Sandy Springs Friends School, MD) is working to support a “boots on the ground” effort to serve College Park area schools. There are also opportunities to sponsor local professionals’ attendance at the conference.

Advocacy Days: Government Relations Chair Ginger Miller (retired from Landon School, MD), Vice-Chair Nick Orban (University of Maryland) and the Government Relations Committee have planned advocacy days in Richmond, VA and Annapolis, MD. They are also working with NACAC staff on behalf of PCACAC to support the Washington, DC national advocacy day in March.

Summer Institute: Just before the holidays, a small delegation led by Professional Development Chair Alice Robertson (Chantilly HS, VA) and Summer Institute Chair Kate Perry (William and Mary, VA) visited Shepherd University, home of this year’s Summer Institute.  The facilities, location and planned program look incredible!

Elections and Bylaws: As Past President, Robyn Lady (Chantilly HS, VA) is leading the Nominations Committee in identifying a strong slate of candidates for open PCACAC positions. By-laws Chair Scott Mayer (St. Christopher’s School, VA) is also developing several bylaw updates - all to be voted on before this year's conference.

Strategic Plan: Under the stewardship of Mike Carter (St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, VA) and the Past Presidents Committee, the board has approved a new strategic plan that will guide us into the next decade.

Amazingly, this is only some of what PCACAC is doing to support our membership. Rhonda Douthit, our Executive Assistant and Site Director, as well as the other committee chairs and their committee members, are working diligently behind the scenes to support all of our organization’s efforts. I look forward to 2019 and hope to see you get involved.


John E. "Jake" Talmage                
PCACAC President

Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC)

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