ACPA Past Presidents

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Anne S. Pruitt (1976-1977)

Anne S. Pruitt (1976-1977)

Anne S. Pruitt (1976-1977)  Thirty-Seventh President ACPA's 37th president, Anne S. Pruitt, joined ACPA in 1950. She was the 11th woman and the first African American to serve in that office. The announcement of Pruitt's election was reported at the first...

William R. Butler (1971-1972)

William R. Butler (1971-1972)

William R. Butler (1971-1972)  Thirty-Second President William R. Butler was the twenty-second man to serve ACPA as president. A native of Robinson, Illinois, Bill Butler was at the time of his election Vice President for Student Affairs and Professor of...

William G. Craig (1961-1962)

William G. Craig (1961-1962)

William G. Craig (1961-1962)  Fifteenth President William G. Craig was the fifteenth man to serve as ACPA president. His election as president-elect in 1960 was announced at the annual Luncheon meet­ing on Monday, April 11, in Philadelphia. He was Dean of Men,...

William A. Bryan (1984-1985)

William A. Bryan (1984-1985)

William A. Bryan (1984-1985)  Forty-Fifth President William A. (Bill) Bryan was listed on the slate of nominations for president-elect at the 1982 mid-year meeting of the Executive Council at the Alverna Re­treat Center near Indianapolis, Indiana. The selection...

Willard W. Blaesser (1956-1957)

Willard W. Blaesser (1956-1957)

Willard W. Blaesser (1956-1957)  Seventeenth President Willard W. Blaesser was the twelfth man to become president of ACPA. He served his one-year term as president during 1956-57, after he was in office as president-elect for a year. At the time of the election...

W. Harold Grant (1974-1975)

W. Harold Grant (1974-1975)

W. Harold Grant (1974-1975)  Thirty-Fifth President W. Harold Grant was the 25th man to hold the presidential title of ACPA. At the mid-year Executive council meeting in Cleveland on Thursday evening, October 5, 1972, his name was announced as one of the nominees...

Vasti Torres (2007-2008)

Vasti Torres (2007-2008)

Vasti Torres (2007-2008)  Sixty-Eighth President Vasti Torres assumed leadership as the 68th ACPA President while she was an Associate Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington. Torres first became involved in ACPA through the faculty in her master’s program...

Tom Jackson, Jr. (2009-2010)

Tom Jackson, Jr. (2009-2010)

Tom Jackson, Jr. (2009-2010)  Seventieth President Tom Jackson, Jr. assumed his presidency of ACPA while the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Louisville. He first joined ACPA in 1988 so he could attend the Miami Convention. Jackson joined...

Thelma Mills (1949-1950)

Thelma Mills (1949-1950)

Thelma Mills (1949-1950)  Thirteenth President Thelma Mills was the ACPA presidential winner in the 1949 elections for a two-year term. She was the fourth woman to be elected president. The announce­ment of her elevation to ACPA's highest office was made at the...

Terry E. Williams (1992-1993)

Terry E. Williams (1992-1993)

Terry E. Williams (1992-1993)  Fifty-Third President Raised and educated in small farming communities in Indiana and Illinois, Terry Williams began his formal post-secondary education at Illinois State University where he graduated with a degree in Business...

Susan Salvador (2010-2011)

Susan Salvador (2010-2011)

Susan Salvador (2010-2011)  Seventy-First President Dr. Susan Salvador is vice president of student services, at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, New York and is MCC’s representative to the League for Innovation in the Community College. Dr. Salvador...

Susan R. (Bowling) Komives (1982-1983)

Susan R. (Bowling) Komives (1982-1983)

Susan R. (Bowling) Komives (1982-1983)  Forty-Third President ACPA's 43rd president, Susan Richardson (Bowl­ing) Komives, was the 15th woman to serve higher education's largest student development organiza­tion. When notified of her election in February 1981, she...

Robert K. Speer (1927-1928)

Robert K. Speer (1927-1928)

Robert K. Speer (1927-1928)  Third President At the age of 28 and still a bachelor, Robert K. Speer was elected president at the annual NAAS Business session In New York City on January 22, 1927. He was the first man to be elected NAAS president. He was Assistant...

Robert D. Brown (1989-1990)

Robert D. Brown (1989-1990)

Robert D. Brown (1989-1990)  Fiftieth President Robert D. Brown was the 50th President of ACPA. Ballot­ing results were announced at the Business meeting on March 22, 1988 during the national convention in Miami and in the June issue of ACPA Developments. At...

Robert Callis (1959-1960)

Robert Callis (1959-1960)

Robert Callis (1959-1960)  Twentieth President Robert Callis became president of ACPA in 1958. He was the fourteenth male to serve as president. The announcement of his election was made at the first Executive Council meeting Sunday evening, March 30, 1958 and...

Robert B. Kamm (1957-1958)

Robert B. Kamm (1957-1958)

Robert B. Kamm (1957-1958)  Eighteenth President Robert B. Kamm became president-elect of ACPA early in 1956. He was the thirteenth man elected to ACPA's highest office. When elected, he was Dean, Basic Division and Student Personnel Services, Texas A & M....

Ralph F. Berdie (1965-1966)

Ralph F. Berdie (1965-1966)

Ralph F. Berdie (1965-1966)  Twenty-Sixth President The seventeenth man elected to the presidency of ACPA was Ralph F. Berdie. He was announced as president-elect at the ACPA luncheon on Monday, March 23, 1964 in the Peacock Court of Hotel Mark Hopkins in San...

Phyllis L. Mable (1979-1980)

Phyllis L. Mable (1979-1980)

Phyllis L. Mable (1979-1980)  Fortieth President ACPA's 40th president, Phyllis L. Mable, was the 13th woman to preside in that high office. The "adven­turous journey" occurred for her during the association's 55th year which closed the 70s decade and began the...

Paul Shang (2002-2003)

Paul Shang (2002-2003)

Paul Shang (2002-2003)  Sixty-Third President As the sixty-third president of ACPA, Paul Shang was the Director of the HELP/Success Center at Colorado State University. He was encouraged to attend his first convention by Laura Macagno-Shang, Celerstine Johnson,...

Paul M. Oliaro (1996-1997)

Paul M. Oliaro (1996-1997)

Paul M. Oliaro (1996-1997)  Fifty-Seventh President Paul Oliaro served as ACPA president while also working as the Vice President for Student Affairs at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Oliaro’s early involvement with ACPA came through Commission III, now...

Paul A. Bloland (1970-1971)

Paul A. Bloland (1970-1971)

Paul A. Bloland (1970-1971)  Thirty-First President The ACPA membership voted Paul A. Bloland presi­dent-elect in 1969. The announcement of his election was made at the Executive Council meeting in Las Vegas on Saturday morning, March 29 in North 9 of the Sahara...

Patricia A. Perillo (2008-2009)

Patricia A. Perillo (2008-2009)

Patricia A. Perillo (2008-2009)  Sixty-Ninth President Patricia (Patty) Perillo assumed her ACPA presidency and became Associate Dean of Students at Davidson College at about the same time in 2008. Perillo became involved with ACPA through Commission XVIII, now...

Patricia Ann Kearney (1988-1989)

Patricia Ann Kearney (1988-1989)

Patricia Ann Kearney (1988-1989)  Forty-Ninth President Among the ACPA list of honored professionals elected president was Patricia Ann Kearney, the 49th and 18th woman to serve at the highest level of leadership available to members. She was recognized the...

Nancy Evans (2001-2002)

Nancy Evans (2001-2002)

Nancy Evans (2001-2002)   Sixty-Second President While a professor at Iowa State University, Nancy Evans was elected the sixty-second president of ACPA. She first learned about ACPA her doctoral advisor, Dick Caple, and became involved through his mentorship. Her...

Merril C. Beyerl (1973-1974)

Merril C. Beyerl (1973-1974)

Merril C. Beyerl (1973-1974)  Thirty-Fourth President Merril C. Beyerl's election to ACPA's highest office early in 1972 marked the twenty-fourth time that a man was selected. The announcement of Beyerl's nomination as one of two presidential candidates was made...

Melvene D. Hardee (1962-1963)

Melvene D. Hardee (1962-1963)

Melvene D. Hardee (1962-1963)  Twenty-Third President Melvene Draheim Hardee was the eighth woman to become president of ACPA. The announcement of her election as president-elect was made on Sunday morning, April 26, 1961 by the Nomination Committee chair at the...

May L. Cheney (1924-1925)

May L. Cheney (1924-1925)

May L. Cheney (1924-1925)  First President Family financial problems caused Mrs. May L. Cheney to organize a commercial teacher placement office in San Francisco in 1886 when she was 24 years old. Up through 1897 her business became au­thoritative and profitable,...

Mary T. Howard (1977-1978)

Mary T. Howard (1977-1978)

Mary T. Howard (1977-1978)  Thirty-Eighth President ACPA's 38th president was Mary Tatum Howard, the 12th woman and second Black elected to serve as chief officer. At the ACPA Executive Council meeting on April 9, 1976 in Chicago's Pick Congress Hotel during the...

Marvalene Hughes (1987-1988)

Marvalene Hughes (1987-1988)

Marvalene Hughes (1987-1988)  Forty-Eighth President ACPA's 48th president, Marvalene Hughes, was the 17th woman and the third African American elected chief executive. Results of balloting were announced at Executive Council and Business meetings during the 1987...

Margaret J. Barr (1983-1984)

Margaret J. Barr (1983-1984)

Margaret J. Barr (1983-1984)  Forty-Fourth President The election of Margaret J. (Peggy) Barr as the 44th ACPA president was announced during the Executive Council meeting on March 16, 1982 and the Business meeting two days later at the joint national APGA/ACPA...

Margaret Cameron (1925-1927)

Margaret Cameron (1925-1927)

Margaret Cameron (1925-1927)  Second President Margaret Cameron was elected NAAS president at the annual Business session in Cincinnati on Friday, February 27, 1925, for a one-year term. At Washington, D.C. in February 1926, she was re-elected for another year....

Lynn H. Willett (1997-1998)

Lynn H. Willett (1997-1998)

Lynn H. Willett (1997-1998)  Fifty-Eighth President Lynn Willett was elected the fifty-eighth president of ACPA in 1996 while serving as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. Willett’s involvement with ACPA began in...

Leila V. Moore (1991-1992)

Leila V. Moore (1991-1992)

Leila V. Moore (1991-1992)  Fifty-Second President Leila V. Moore became a member of APGA/ACPA in 1964 while working at Syracuse University. Her earliest involvements were through the New York State Personnel and Guidance Association, where she did some...

Laurine Elisabeth Fitzgerald (1990-1991)

Laurine Elisabeth Fitzgerald (1990-1991)

Laurine Elisabeth Fitzgerald (1990-1991)  Fifty-First President ACPA's 51st chief executiImage of Laurine Fitzgeraldve, Laurine E. (Betty) Fitzgerald, was elected the association's highest office in 1989. She was the 19th woman among the volun­teer leaders. Her...

Keith Humphrey (2012-2013)

Keith Humphrey (2012-2013)

Keith Humphrey (2012-2013)  Seventy-Third President Keith Humphrey, Ph.D. 2012-2013 ACPA President Dr. Keith Humphrey's journey into the profession first started as an abrupt “no.” During Humphrey's undergraduate experience at the College of William and Mary, he...

Kathryn L. Hopwood (1960-1961)

Kathryn L. Hopwood (1960-1961)

Kathryn L. Hopwood (1960-1961)  Twenty-First President Kathryn Louise Hopwood, the seventh woman to serve ACPA as president, became president-elect as a result of the 1959 elections. At Cleveland, the an­nouncement of her election by the chairman of the ACPA...

Kathleen G. Kerr (2013-2014)

Kathleen G. Kerr (2013-2014)

Kathleen G. Kerr (2013-2014)  Seventy-Fourth Dr. Kathleen Kerr 2013-2014 ACPA President Dr. Kathleen G. Kerr is the Associate Vice President of Student Life at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE, where she has a secondary appointment as an Assistant...

Karl M. Cowdery (1933-1935)

Karl M. Cowdery (1933-1935)

Karl M. Cowdery (1933-1935)  Sixth President Karl M. Cowdery was elected president of ACPA at the annual Business session on Saturday after­noon, February 25, 1933, in Minneapolis. When elected he was Associate Registrar at Stanford University. Also, he was...

Gregory S. Blimling (2005-2006)

Gregory S. Blimling (2005-2006)

Gregory S. Blimling (2005-2006)  Sixty-Sixth President As the new Vice President for Student Affairs at Rutgers University, Greg Blimling assumed the ACPA presidency in the midst of change. Blimling first joined ACPA in 1974 and has participated in every...

Gregory Roberts (1999-2000)

Gregory Roberts (1999-2000)

Gregory Roberts (1999-2000)  Sixtieth President Gregory Roberts was elected ACPA president when he served as the vice president for student affairs at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. His involvement in ACPA began through the Commission III, now the...

Gordon V. Anderson (1953-1955)

Gordon V. Anderson (1953-1955)

Gordon V. Anderson (1953-1955)  Fifteenth President Gordon V. Anderson was elected president of ACPA for a two-year term in 1953, before the annual conven­tion that year. His term of office began officially on July 1. At the time of his election, he was serving...

G. Robert Ross (1972-1973)

G. Robert Ross (1972-1973)

G. Robert Ross (1972-1973)  Thirty-Third President G. Robert Ross was the twenty-third man elected to the presidency of ACPA. His election as president-elect was reported at the 1971 ACPA convention in Atlantic City during the Executive Council meeting on...

Francis F. Bradshaw (1928-1930)

Francis F. Bradshaw (1928-1930)

Francis F. Bradshaw (1928-1930)  Fourth President During the Boston conference on Tuesday after­noon, February 28, 1928, Francis F. Bradshaw, Dean of Students at the University of North Carolina (since 1920), was elected president of NAAS at the annual Business...

Everett H. Hopkins (1950-1953)

Everett H. Hopkins (1950-1953)

Everett H. Hopkins (1950-1953)  Fourteenth President Everett H. Hopkins was serving his second one-year term as ACPA vice-president, when Thelma Mills resigned in 1950. According to the constitution, the vice-president was authorized to fill the vacancy and serve...

Elizabeth A. Greenleaf (1967-1968)

Elizabeth A. Greenleaf (1967-1968)

Elizabeth A. Greenleaf (1967-1968)  Twenty-Eighth President Elizabeth A. Greenleaf was the tenth woman elected president of ACPA. She was present at the Saturday afternoon, April 2, 1966 ACPA Executive Council meeting in the Washington Hilton Hotel, when the...

E.G. Williamson (1941-1945)

E.G. Williamson (1941-1945)

E.G. Williamson (1941-1945)  Tenth President The official announcement of E.G. Williamson's election to the presidency of ACPA was made at the first Business session at the Atlantic City convention on Thursday, February 20, 1941, nearly ten months before the...

Donald P. Hoyt (1968-1969)

Donald P. Hoyt (1968-1969)

Donald P. Hoyt (1968-1969)  Twenty-Ninth President Donald P. Hoyt became president-elect at the 1967 annual meeting in Dallas. At that time, he was Coor­dinator of Research Services for the American College Testing Program and Professor of Education at the...

Don G. Creamer (1978-1979)

Don G. Creamer (1978-1979)

Don G. Creamer (1978-1979)  Thirty-Ninth President The 27th man among ACPA's first 39 chief executives was Don G. Creamer. His election was announced at the national ACPA convention In Denver during the Sunday morning, March 27, 1977 Executive Council meeting and...

Dennis L. Trueblood (1963-1964)

Dennis L. Trueblood (1963-1964)

Dennis L. Trueblood (1963-1964)  Twenty-Fourth President In the election of 1962, Dennis L. Trueblood be­came the sixteenth man to attain ACPA's highest office. Trueblood was present at the ACPA Executive Council meeting on Saturday evening, April 14, 1962, in...

Dennis C. Roberts (1985-1986)

Dennis C. Roberts (1985-1986)

Dennis C. Roberts (1985-1986)  Forty-Sixth President ACPA's 46th chief executive was Dennis C. Roberts the 30th man to serve in the role of president. The 1984 election results were reported at the national convention in Baltimore that year and in the...

David T. Borland (1981-1982)

David T. Borland (1981-1982)

David T. Borland (1981-1982)  Forty-Second President ACPA's 42nd president, David T. Borland, was the 28th man elected to that office. He was Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Division of Administration and Administrative Studies at North Texas State...

Daniel D. Feder (1945-1947)

Daniel D. Feder (1945-1947)

Daniel D. Feder (1945-1947)  Eleventh President Daniel D. Feder was elected ACPA president in 1945. At the time of his election to a two-year term, he was on military leave for service with the U.S. Navy from his position as Executive Officer and Supervisor,...

Cynthia S. Johnson (1980-1981)

Cynthia S. Johnson (1980-1981)

Cynthia S. Johnson (1980-1981)  Forty-First President ACPA's 41st president and 14th woman to lead the association was Cynthia Senn Johnson. At the 1979 convention in Los Angeles, a short distance up the coast from her home in Laguna Beach, the election results...

Charles L. Lewis (1969-1970)

Charles L. Lewis (1969-1970)

Charles L. Lewis (1969-1970)  Thirtieth President The 1968 ACPA president-elect was Charles L. Lewis. He was the twentieth man to serve as ACPA president. The official announcements of his election at the Dallas convention were made at the ACPA Ex­ecutive Council...

Charles C. Schroeder (1993-1994)

Charles C. Schroeder (1993-1994)

Charles C. Schroeder (1993-1994)  Fifty-Fourth President Charles C. Schroeder initially became involved in ACPA in 1973 when he was asked to serve as Chair and Program Chair of the 1975 ACPA Convention in Atlanta, GA. He also became a member and eventual leader...

Charles C. Schroeder (1993-1994)

Charles C. Schroeder (1986-1987)

Charles C. Schroeder (1986-1987)  Forty-Seventh President In the 1985 ACPA membership vote for president­-elect, Charles C. Schroeder won. He was the 31st man among the first 47 presidents to serve in the association's highest office and 39 years old when...

Catherine M. Northrup (1958-1959)

Catherine M. Northrup (1958-1959)

Catherine M. Northrup (1958-1959)  Nineteenth President Catherine M. Northrup was the sixth woman presi­dent of ACPA. She was elected president-elect in 1957, near the completion of a two-year term as secretary-treasurer. She was Associate Dean of Students for...

C. Gilbert Wrenn (1947-1949)

C. Gilbert Wrenn (1947-1949)

C. Gilbert Wrenn (1947-1949)  Twelfth President At the ACPA Business session in Columbus on Saturday morning March 29, 1947, an announcement was made that C. Gilbert Wrenn was elected to a two-year term as president. At the time he was elected, he was author of...

Bernard R. Black (1966-1967)

Bernard R. Black (1966-1967)

Bernard R. Black (1966-1967)  Twenty-Seventh President The eighteenth man elected to the presidency of ACPA was Bernard R. Black. The announcement of his election as president-elect was made at the annual ACPA Luncheon on Monday, April 12, 1965 at the Minneapolis...

Barbara A. Kirk (1964-1965)

Barbara A. Kirk (1964-1965)

Barbara A. Kirk (1964-1965)  Twenty-Fifth President Barbara A. Kirk was the ninth woman to serve as ACPA president. The Nominations and Election Com­mittee report distributed to approximately 500 people who attended the ACPA Luncheon at the Boston convention on...

Barbara Anderson (1994-1995)

Barbara Anderson (1994-1995)

Barbara Anderson (1994-1995)  Fifty-Fifth President Barbara Anderson initially became involved with ACPA through Georgia College Personnel Association (GCPA). She moved from primary and secondary education to the college level in 1980 as Director of Counseling....

Aaron John Brumbaugh

Aaron John Brumbaugh

Aaron John Brumbaugh (1937-1939)   Eighth President Aaron John Brumbaugh Eighth President 1937-1939 The slate of officers presented by the Nominating Committee to those in attendance at the Business session in New Orleans on Thursday, February 18, 1937, did not...

Barbara Anderson (1994-1995)

Barbara Anderson, Fifty-Fifth President

  Barbara Anderson initially became involved with ACPA through Georgia College Personnel Association (GCPA). She moved from primary and secondary education to the college level in 1980 as Director of Counseling. Several of the College and University counselors,...