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Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award

Established in 1973, the Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award was named for a fine and outstanding leader who devoted their life to counseling and assisting students in attaining their educational goals. The Wilson Award is presented to NACAC members who, over a period of years, have performed outstanding service to our profession.

Below are several (but not all) of the criteria that is taking into consideration  when selecting an award recipient for the Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award.  

  • NACAC Membership: member for 10 or more years
  • Counseling Students: always serve/advocate for students first with passion and integrity
  • Above and Beyond: volunteer considerable time to working with families and professionals beyond work duties
  • Service to Profession: consistently mentor colleagues and provide inspiration and support; volunteer to teach or create professional development opportunities
  • Service to Affiliate: leader in creating or growing an affiliate association; strong advocacy on the national arena; nurture future leaders
  • Service to NACAC: previous NACAC service on the Board of Directors or as a chair of a national committee; service over an extended period in the NACAC leadership; offer support, insights and manpower when needed; serve as a mentor and identify up and coming leaders

About the 2021 Award Winners:

Thomas Butler is the founding director of Advancement and Operations of theThomas Butler - Wilson Award Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable. Throughout his 30 years in college access and success Thomas has served as a collaborator, convener, advocate, agitator, and advocate of college access and success work. He found his passion in "helping the helper" finding, leveraging, and creating opportunities for professionals and volunteers to be stronger stewards for college prep and retention information. Butler has served as President of Pennsylvania ACAC, as well as Legislative Concerns (now Government Relations Committee) Chair. He also served a term as Chair Government Relations Chair for NACAC. 

 

Sean Callaway has served since 1996 as Director of College Placement atSean Callaway - Wilson Award the Center for Urban Education at Pace University. He established the college guidance program featuring multi-year individual admissions strategies for high school students in the Center’s federal and state grant-based programs. They were designated by Pathways to College as one of the national models for improving access to college for under-served students. Sean counsels juniors and seniors and teaches multiple classes for grades 10-12 including Introduction to Enrollment Management, French West African Colonialism, and IPEDS Based Statistical Research.

He has trained and supervised more than 50 college counselors serving in public high schools under the auspices of the Pace Lower East Side/Chinatown College Counseling Project. He served on the NACAC Ad Hoc Committee for Admission and Counseling Issues, writing the position paper on homeschooling and college admission.

Sean served on the Current Trends and Future Issues Committee and was Co-Chair of the NACAC CBO Sig, A member of the New York ACAC Executive Board for nine years, Co-Chair of its Admission Practices Committee for five years, founding Co-Chair of its Scholarship Committee, and he was awarded the New York State ACAC Human Relations Award.

He also has been a member of the College Access Consortium of New York for more than 20 years and was instrumental in the establishment of the CBO liaison as a permanent member of the New York State ACAC executive board. 

 Previous Award Winners:

  • 2020 - Dominique Jordan Turner
  • 2019 - Nan Davis
  • 2018 - Lynn Slaughter (posthumous) and Susan Biemeret 
  • 2017 - Youlonda Copeland-Morgan
  • 2016 - Evelyn Boyd White
  • 2015 - Bill Dingledine
  • 2014 - Myron Arakawa
  • 2013 - Carolyn Barnhart
  • 2012 - George Mills​
  • 2011 - Esther Hugo
  • 2010 - Marybeth Kravets​
  • 2009 - John Blackburn​
  • 2008 - Theodore Spencer​
  • 2007 - Kpakpundu Ezeze​​
  • 2006 - Michael Barron​ ​
  • ​2005 - Angela 'Nickie' Roberson ​
  • 2004 - Daniel Feldhaus ​and Edward Wall ​(posthumous)
  • 2003 - Richard Stabell ​
  • 2002 - Lonnie Barefield ​
  • 2001 - Joseph P. Allen ​
  • 2000 - Gary Williams ​
  • 1999 - G. Gary Ripple​
  • 1998 - Roger Campbell ​ ​
  • 1997 - Peggy Templeton-Strong ​ ​
  • 1996 - Naomi Kuziemski ​ ​
  • 1995 - Sally LaGoy​ ​
  • 1994 - Braxton Rethwisch ​
  • 1993 - R. Russell Shunk​ ​
  • 1992 - Anne M. Kennedy ​
  • 1991 - James A. Alexander, Jr.​
  • 1990 - Joseph A. Monte​
  • 1989 - Lois C. Mazzuca ​
  • 1988 - Margaret E. Addis​
  • 1987 - Sarah J. Needham​
  • 1986 - Jeanette B. Hersey ​
  • 1985 - Mary Ann Schwalbe ​
  • 1984 - Evelyn M. Yeagle ​
  • 1983 - Donald G. Dickason​
  • 1982 - Charles E. Malone ​
  • 1981 - Anna H. Bowditch​
  • 1980 - Marion Flagg
  • 1979 - Emery R. Walker, Jr.​ 
  • 1978 - Mildred G. Fox ​
  • 1977 - Harley Wyatt, Jr. ​
  • 1976 - Louis H. Fritzmeier ​
  • 1975 - Esther DeMerritt ​
  • 1974 - Eugene S. Wilson ​
  • 1973 - Harland W. White​ ​

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