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Nomination form available CLOSED
Application form available CLOSED
Nomination Form closes CLOSED
Application due by 11:59pm ET CLOSED
Elections open for member voting until 11:59pm ET 14 November-2 December 2022
Election results announced to membership 20 December 2022


A Message from the Nominations & Elections Committee Chair and Current Past President:

The ACPA—College Student Educators International Leader Nomination and Election process provides a defining moment in the development of our Association. It is an opportunity to ensure that people with the necessary competencies are leading ACPA and providing governance that will fulfill the objectives of the Association. It is also an opportunity for new leaders to contribute to long lasting sustainable goals and outcomes. The mission of the Association is to support and foster college student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, which informs policies, practices, and programs, for student affairs and student services professionals and the higher and tertiary education community.

Our Association’s leaders should represent the increasing diversity of our membership as well as have a demonstrated commitment and capacity to deliver on the strategic priorities of ACPA. Equity, diversity, and inclusion competencies are critical requirements of leadership in ACPA. Embedding and integrating equity, diversity, and inclusion into the Association’s core activities is an ongoing, critical responsibility. As part of ACPA’s legacy, we have a renewed commitment to these competencies and their application.

These competency elements must include knowledge, skills, and experiences engaging and partnering with individuals and groups from multiple and intersecting identities with the capacity to integrate diverse views and information into leadership decision-making. ACPA leaders work to champion the interests of students, faculty, and staff ensuring high standards of quality and consistent service, support, and growth for our membership.

Interested applicants are encouraged to consult with supervisors, mentors, current or previous Governing Board members, and others in their network about your interest in the position and time/effort commitments required in advance of applying.

Danielle Morgan Acosta

ACPA Past President

The Nominations & Elections Committee encourages interested applicants to review and reflect on the questions posed in the application in advance of completing the form. You can click here to review those questions in advance.


Vice President (will be the 2024-25 ACPA President and will preside over the 2025 Annual Convention in Long Beach, California)

Director of External Relations

Director of Membership Development

Director of Research & Scholarship (appointed by the Governing Board)

Member-at-Large, Faculty

Member-at-Large, Mid Level

Assembly Coordinator for Commissions

The ACPA Governing Board is currently considering changes to the structures and positions of these roles over the next several years. Leaders will serve as ‘elect’ in 2023-24 in the below positions, and in a governance position in 2024-25 and 2025-26, but the exact position title, responsibilities, and structure is expected to change prior to the conclusion of your elected/appointed term. Applicants who apply to these positions in the Fall 2022 Nominations & Elections process should be aware of these potential changes and shifts.


  • As ACPA is a non-profit organization (registered 501c3), we are required to meet certain legal and business requirements to sustain. The Governing Board operates using an information version of Parliamentary Procedure for conducting business meetings, and newly elected officers will receive training and guidance for participating in these meetings.
  • Participating in the ACPA Governing Board is more like being a trustee of a college and university campus than planning professional development or networking opportunities. The Governing Board is responsible for ACPA’s financial wellbeing, strategic planning, and business practices and not as involved in day-to-day operations, programs, or services as most might think. Many apply for Governing Board and Assembly leadership positions because they have had positive and meaningful experiences in programming or services on behalf of the Association and are surprised by the business-oriented nature of carrying out ACPA’s fiduciary duties.
  • The positions available in this election require various levels and amounts of time and commitment.
    • Vice President applicants should expect to spend 15-20 hours per week for the next three years on ACPA-related meetings, communications, and projects.
    • Director positions on the Governing Board support the oversight of a specific functional area of ACPA and participate in more meetings and projects than the Member-at-Large positions. Director applicants should expect to spend 10-15 hours per week for the next three years on ACPA-related meetings, communications, and projects.
    • Member-at-Large positions provide voice on a variety of association topics, but are not responsible for oversight of any one area of ACPA. Member-at-Large applicants should expect to spend 5-10 hours per week for the next three years on ACPA-related meetings, communications, and projects;
    • Assembly Coordinator positions provide leadership for their entity groups, but also participate in all Governing Board activities. As a result, Assembly Coordinator applicants should expect to spend 10-15 hours per week for the next three years on ACPA-related meetings, communications, and projects.
  • Position descriptions require all interested applicants be “in good standing” with the Association. “In good standing” simply means that an individual’s ACPA membership is current and there are no active restrictions on membership or participation in Association activities/initiatives.
  • Participation in all Governing Board and Assembly Leadership meetings is expected for these positions. The full Governing Board meets on the second Friday of every month for two hours, in person at the annual ACPA Convention, and typically in person or virtual for an extended period during June/July each year.


Questions about the ACPA Governing Board Nominations & Election process may be send to any of the following Nominations & Elections Committee members: