posted on August 07, 2014 01:02
Charlie Nutt, NACADA Executive Director
As we move closer to our Annual Conference in Minneapolis, it is exciting to look forward to the outstanding presentations and networking opportunities we will have. Each year NACADA’s annual conference grows not only in regard to the number of attendees, but also in the quality of the preconference workshops, concurrent sessions, and poster sessions that we have the opportunity to attend. Not only are the presentations the best in terms of successful programs, quality research, and best practices from institutions across the globe, but also the sessions, the Commission/Interest Group Fair and meetings, and the regional meetings give us all the opportunity to network and work with colleagues internationally.
This is NACADA’s 38th annual conference – what a history and tradition of excellence in academic advising learning experiences! In addition, this is the 38th time that our volunteer conference chairs and their conference committees have worked diligently to coordinate the best conference possible. The very close involvement of our members in the organization and coordination of our annual conference is why NACADA is recognized as one of the strongest higher education associations internationally. From our very beginning, NACADA has been an association that values and depends on the strong involvement of our members in all our conferences, publications, and other professional development opportunities. It is this involvement of our members that keeps our association growing and expanding. Special thanks to this year’s Annual Conference Chair, Amy Sannes, and her conference committee for the great work they have done in making sure this conference is the best ever!
It has been a very busy year for NACADA, as President Joanne Damminger outlines her article. With each new initiative at all levels of the association, NACADA has moved closer to meeting our strategic goals. These initiatives not only strengthen our association, but also greatly enhance and expand the impact NACADA, our leaders, and our members are having on the profession of academic advising and the success of students at colleges and universities internationally. A special thanks to President Damminger, Vice President JP Regalado, the NACADA Board of Directors, the NACADA Council, and all leaders and volunteers for your commitment and dedication to NACADA.
I look forward to seeing all of you in Minneapolis! It’s hard to believe this is my 13th annual conference as a member of the NACADA Executive Office located at Kansas State University. Each year I have grown as a professional and it has been the most rewarding work in my career!
Charlie Nutt, Executive Director
NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising