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NACAC CEO Set to Retire in 2020

by Janet Kline

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) recently announced the retirement of CEO Joyce E. Smith, who worked for the association for the past  30 years  and  spent 44 years in the college admission profession.

Smith will retire in summer 2020 upon successful appointment of NACAC’s next CEO.

Joyce Smith

“It is almost impossible to cover the breadth of Joyce’s contributions to the association and profession she loves,” said NACAC President Stefanie Niles.  “It’s even more difficult to convey our gratitude for her wisdom and dedication in guiding the association for almost three decades of unprecedented change.”

Smith began her NACAC career in 1991 as associate executive director and later, acting executive director, before being named executive director (now CEO) in December 1996. She is the association’s longest-serving chief executive, with 22 years at the helm, and is the first African American woman to serve in the position.