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Jim Rawlins voted president-elect of the National Association for College Admission Counseling

October 20, 2011

Jim Rawlins, executive director of Admissions at CSU, was voted president-elect of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) at the association’s 67th National Conference in  New Orleans in late September. He will serve a three-year term.

In his position statement for office, Rawlins challenged the association “to recognize itself as an association representing a broader profession than its membership.

“We must discuss not only who has access to college, but what types of colleges, and toward what ends,” he said. “To do this successfully, we need to recognize that our membership includes very few of the colleagues who serve these students in greatest numbers: a wide range of high schools and community colleges. We cannot presume to speak for these colleagues or their students, unless we do more to speak with them...and listen. This includes providing those colleagues opportunities for professional development that are not always contingent on paying dues or other fees, and recognizing that they have unique wisdom to offer the membership.

“Such inclusion ultimately gives us the power to reach a broader representation of students,” he said.

Wide-ranging experience

A member of NACAC since 2000, Rawlins has served in a variety of capacities within the association and several of its state and regional affiliates, including Hawaii, Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain. He also is a member of the Association of Chief Admission Officers of Public Universities.

Before joining the admission office at CSU, Rawlins was associate director for outreach and recruitment at the University of Washington and program coordinator for teacher education programs at Western Washington University.

Rawlins earned a B.M. in music performance from Florida State University and M.M. in music performance from Southern Methodist University-Texas. He currently is working toward a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Washington.


NACAC is an Arlington, Va.-based education association of more than 11,000 secondary school counselors, independent counselors, college admission and financial aid officers, enrollment managers, and organizations that work with students as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education.

The association, founded in 1937, is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice.