NACADA Leadership

Volunteers lead all segments of the Association. Their work is essential to the field of advising as they identify the needs of the various members and develop the means for fulfilling those needs while building a lifelong network of colleagues and friends.
The 2013 NACADA Leadership Task Force report stated that a leader or leadership is characterized by positions held and roles undertaken that advance NACADA’s mission. They further defined a NACADA leader as "...any member who takes on a formal or informal role to influence to promote the field of advising in support of the strategic goals of the Association. Leadership includes elected and appointed positions, as well as informal roles including but not limited to (for example) influencing the field of writing for a NACADA publication, chairing a Region sub-committee, or serving as a faculty mentor at a NACADA institute."

Association Structure

Board of Directors

President
Vice President
7 Elected Members
Executive Director

The official governing body of NACADA consists of one non-voting member, the Executive Director, and nine voting members. The President and Vice President are elected from among the Board members. The Board provides: direction through strategic planning, allocation of resources, and sound financial planning. The Board provides strategic direction though policies, procedures, and resource planning for the Association.

Council

Vice President
Executive Director
6 Division Representatives

The eight member Council consists of two non-voting representatives from each Division, the NACADA Vice President, and the Executive Director as well as two representatives from each division: one elected by the chairs of their constituent groups and one appointed by the incoming president for a two-year term. The Council addresses the administrative work of the Association and allows the Board to focus on strategic issues.

Administrative Division

Elected Division Representative
Appointed Division Representative
Appointed Division Representative

The Administrative Division focuses on the operations of NACADA and is made up of Committees and 10 Advisory Boards. Advisory Board Chairs are appointed to two-year terms by the President-Elect. Chairs are elected by members of their Committee for a two-year term and offer activities that serve all members such as the Global Awards Program and the NACADA Summer Institute. Committee and Advisory Board Chairs, lead Committee meetings at Annual, communicate regularly via meetings and emails, liaison with Division representatives, support NACADA policies and activities, and submit bi-annual reports.

Regional Division

Elected Division Representative
Appointed Division Representative
Appointed Division Representative

The Regional Division serves members serves the 10 NACADA regions throughout North America through events, networking, and member recruitment. International members attend the Region of their choice for professional development. The Region Chair leads the Region Steering Committee, follows NACADA policies, assesses and serves the needs of Region members, promotes the financial stability of the Region, hosts the Region meeting at Region conferences and Annual Conference, promotes Region conferences and other Region and NACADA initiatives, and is the liaison from the Region to the Region Representatives on the Council.

Advising Communities Division (ACD)

Elected Division Representative
Appointed Division Representative
Appointed Division Representative

NACADA's themed communities help advisors understand the student experience in specific areas of interest through networking, resources, and activities. Chairs communicate and promote networking among members, create programming with and for members, create committees to do ACD work, facilitate the Annual Conference meeting, review and update topical resources for members, staff the AC Fair for their group, liaison between the AC Division leadership and their members, and have many other responsibilities.

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