Carol Bobby Pioneer Award for Visionary Leadership
Award Background and Purpose
The Carol Bobby Pioneer Award for Visionary Leadership is a new award created by the CACREP Board of Directors honoring the momentous career of Dr. Bobby as a pioneer in the counseling profession. As President and CEO of CACREP for 30 years, Dr. Bobby’s influence on professional counseling and the accreditation of counselor training programs was legendary, particularly related to the development, growth, and maturation of the formal quality assurance mechanism that has been instrumental in advancing counselor education. In addition to her professional influence, Dr. Bobby demonstrated a passionate commitment for supporting counselors-in-training. Dr. Bobby made it her mission to champion counseling students by ensuring a unified academic pathway that is built on a strong professional identity, ethical practice, and real world experience. She regularly sought creative opportunities for students and practitioners to be engaged in advancing the profession, serving as a mentor to many leaders in the counseling profession over her long career. As a reflection of her career defined by visionary leadership and commitment to students, the purpose of CACREP’s Carol Bobby Pioneer Award for Visionary Leadership is to celebrate a doctoral student in a CACREP-accredited counselor education and supervision program who embodies visionary leadership aligned with CACREP’s core values.