Two African American Scholars Announce Their Impending Retirements

Joyce E. Smith, CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, has announced she will retire in summer 2020 after the successful appointment of a new CEO. She began her career with the NACAC in 1991 as associate executive director. She was named CEO in 1996, making her the first African-American woman to serve in the position. During her tenure, the NACAC has increased membership from approximately 6,000 members in the mid-1990s to more than 15,000 members today. Additionally, since 1996, the NACAC has increased its revenue from $5.2 million to over $17 million; grew its assets from $5.8 million to more than $21 million; and grew its investments and reserves from less than $1 million to more than $12 million.

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and a master’s degree in counseling both from Kansas State University.

Eddie A. Holloway, the first-ever African-American assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Southern Mississippi, will retire on June 30, 2019 after a 40-year career with the university. He has served as dean of students since 1997 and as assistant vice president since 2015. Prior to serving in these roles, he served as a counselor, instructor, and assistant professor of psychology, as assistant dean of students, and as interim dean of students. In addition, Dr. Holloway was the first elected African-American member of the Hattiesberg City Council, where he went on to serve terms as council president and vice president.

Dr. Holloway holds four degrees of the University of Southern Mississippi including a doctorate in educational administration.


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