The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) – headquartered in Washington, D.C. at the National Center for Higher Education, is the leading comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery.

History of ACPA

ACPA traces its beginnings to May L. Cheney who organized a teacher placement office at the University of California, Berkeley, and who became the first president of ACPA’s predecessor, the National Association of Appointment Secretaries (NAAS), in 1924.


Discover the diverse Leaders of ACPA in our Governing Board, Assembly Leadership, Committees, and Staff.

2020-2021 Governing Board photo


ACPA has cultivated extensive Education, Association, and Corporate Partnerships over the years. 

individuals interacting at ACPA20 in the Marketplace


Founded in 1994 during the presidency of Charles Schroeder, the purpose of the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation (501c3 non-profit organization) is “to enhance the student affairs profession and to generate and disseminate knowledge of college students at all levels within higher education” (Article Three of the Articles of Incorporation).

large group of ACPA members at the 2020 Diamond Honoree Ceremony