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Interim CEO Announcement

A message from Jeffrey Parsons, Chair, CACREP Board of Directors:

The CACREP Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles F. (Rick) Gressard, currently Chancellor Professor at William & Mary, as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2017.

Dr. Gressard brings a familiarity with CACREP’s operations through his role on the CACREP Standards Revision Committee (SRC) from 2005 to 2008, the CACREP Board of Directors from 2008 to 2013, and the Steering Committee for the International Registry of Counselor Educator Programs (IRCEP) from 2014 to the present. Dr. Gressard has been a counselor for over 45 years and a counselor educator for over 37 years. Both of his graduate degrees are in rehabilitation counseling and his primary expertise is in the field of addictions counseling and addictions counselor education. He has also been a member of the Virginia Board of Counseling, Chair of the National Board for Certified Counselors, and Chair of the Virginia Department of Health Professions’ Impaired Professionals Committee. Dr. Gressard has been recognized in many arenas for his leadership and professional expertise, including the Virginia Counselors Association’s William Van Hoose Award, Chi Sigma Iota’s Thomas J. Sweeney Professional Leadership Award, and the ACES Robert O. Stripling Award for Excellence in Standards, which he received along with the CACREP staff and members of the 2009 SRC. This past year he received the SACES Locke-Paisley Outstanding Mentoring Award. Additionally, he has been instrumental in promoting the counseling profession internationally.

Dr. Gressard shared “It is an honor to accept the Board’s appointment as Interim President and CEO. I’m looking forward to working with the experienced and dedicated CACREP staff to maintain CACREP’s standard of excellence during this transitional period.”

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Gressard to his new position!

CACREP provides leadership and promotes excellence in professional preparation through the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. As an accrediting body, CACREP is committed to the development of standards and procedures that reflect the needs of a dynamic, diverse, and complex society.