North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP) is announcing a search for a new executive director upon the retirement of Chantler Thompson. Founded in 1970 as Christian College Coordinating Council, NACCAP was later renamed in 1984 with Thompson taking over from part-time interim resource coordinator to its first executive director in 1994.
Thompson has been instrumental in the growth and development of key programs and initiatives including the Christian College & University Fairs, which has grown to include Canada and hosts over 150 events annually; an international fairs circuit which has been touring Asia, Europe and South America since 2006; THE Guide to Christian Colleges and Universities, which is in its 11th year of publication with over half a million copies in circulation; as well as countless training and career development programs for high school counselors and admissions professionals.
“It has been a privilege to serve such an outstanding organization for so many years. I have always had a passion for Christian education and this was a natural career progression following my years at Huntington (then College) University as their Dean of Enrollment. It has been amazing to witness the transition of the admissions process, the evolution of the prospective student and the need to find ways to merge those while serving The Kingdom,” said Thompson. “As we look forward to the changing collegiate landscape and NACCAP’s next 50 years, it will be more pivotal than ever to find ways to attract the next generation of students to our member campuses and continually train our best and brightest admissions professionals to handle those challenges.”
As NACCAP looks to celebrate its 50th year, it has grown to serve more than 360 member institutions, including undergraduate; graduate, seminary and degree completion; high school; and associate members from around the globe. More than 2,500 professional staff are served as NACCAP continues its mission to be a leading and innovative organization recognized for effectively serving and engaging its members by providing vital professional development and initiatives that champion the cause for Christian education.
“Chant has been a personal inspiration as he has served our member institutions and the hundreds of thousands of students who have experienced a transformational educational experience,” said NACCAP Board of Directors President Phil Kay. “Chant has been tireless in his role as the executive director and we are very grateful for the work he has done. The next executive director will build upon the firm foundation Chant has set in place. The perfect candidate for this role will have a great balance of vision, passion for Christian education and a practical mindset to serve our membership,”
Credo, a comprehensive higher education consulting firm, is leading this search. Please submit a resume, a cover letter specific to this position, and at least three letters of reference to Tim Fuller, Credo Senior Vice President/Owner, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations for the position can also be sent to this email address. Additional details on the Executive Director position are online.
The new Executive Director would start their service as Executive Director-Elect in the summer of 2020 and assume full leadership of the organization January 1, 2021.