Welcome to July!  For most of us, this is a much-needed time of rest and rejuvenation.  If we are fortunate, we can spend these summer months with less stress and more time.  So take this time to rest a few more minutes each day, extend those conversations that are cut short September through May, laugh with friends and family, hug your loved ones, and embrace the gift that is each summer day.      

As we move through the summer, I continue to look forward to my kids’ activities (baseball and volleyball to be exact), more family time spent at home, and our annual family beach trip with my many cousins, aunts and uncles.  We have packed our cars every summer for the past 50+ years, heading to Fenwick Island, Delaware. With each passing year, our family creates more memories because of our time spent together.

Similarly, as my role with PCACAC changes, I am afforded the opportunity to spend more time with colleagues from around our region.  Our Summer Institute is coming up quickly, July 14-16 at Shepherd University.  I’m very excited that I will be in West Virginia with over 100 dedicated professionals growing our profession.   Those who have attended SI will attest to the learning and camaraderie that happens.  This is a wonderful time to engage in many conversations with our wise veterans as well as those fresh new rookies who are living PCACAC’s mission “to support and advance college admission professionals as they guide their institutions, students, and families in an ethical manner.”  Every time I leave SI and our Spring conference, I’m left with great memories because of the wisdom shared and the time we have spent together.  If you’re going to SI, I look forward to seeing you there.  If you can’t make it this year, we hope you are planning to attend NACAC and our PCACAC Spring conference (Harrisonburg, VA in April 2020). 

I look forward to serving you this year as the PCACAC President. 


Joel Lang
PCACAC President
Director of College Counseling
Padua Academy (DE)