Dr. Carol Bobby, President and CEO of CACREP, Announces Retirement

After serving for more than 30 years as the second and longest-standing President and CEO of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Dr. Carol Bobby will retire June 30, 2017. Dr. Bobby’s service spans from 1987 to 2017.

During Dr. Bobby’s tenure, CACREP saw a major change in the structure of the Board of Directors from an appointed to an elected board, a staff of two that grew to nine, increases in accreditation to over 750 master’s and doctoral degree counseling programs at over 340 institutions, recognition as the sole accreditor for the Counseling profession, the addition of the International Registry of Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP), and the addition of the CACREP Research Initiative for Graduate Students (CRIGS) Fellowship program. Especially worthy of noting is that Dr. Bobby has served as the CEO under every CACREP Board Chair since CACREP was founded and grew CACREP’s budget from less than $50,000 to over 1.5 million dollars that is self-sustaining without any subsidy money.

Under Dr. Bobby’s leadership and stewardship, CACREP has been recognized as an accreditor since 1987 first by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA) and now by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); completed six sets of standards revisions which serve to ensure that counselor preparation standards continue to meet the changing demands and needs of the populations counselors serve; and achieved stature and recognition as the gold standard of the Counseling profession. Dr. Bobby’s voice has been one of the constant and steady voices that promote the Counseling profession and unity within the Counseling profession through counselor preparation standards. She has been a transformative leader.

In addition to serving as President and CEO of CACREP, Dr. Bobby has served as CSI president (1992-1993), board chair of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (1996-1998), and board chair of the Center for Quality Assurance in International Education (1998- 2013). In 2008, Dr. Bobby was selected to serve on the Board of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), a world-wide association of 200+ organizations active in developing the theory and practice of quality assurance in higher education. In 2013, Dr. Bobby was elected to serve as the INQAAHE president. She continues to serve on the INQAAHE Board of Directors as a Past President and in this role assists in the completion of projects begun during her presidency.

During her tenure with CACREP, Dr. Bobby has traveled to over 50 countries and been an invited speaker/presenter or served as a consultant on issues related to higher education quality assurance in Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey, Thailand, India, Singapore, Taiwan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Swaziland, Namibia, Belgium, France, Spain, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Fiji, Estonia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Italy, Puerto Rico, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Romania, and Venezuela. In December 2014, she was honored by Thailand’s national accrediting agency when she was presented with ONESQA’s Plaque of Honour award. In March 2015, she received the C. Davenport Award for Exceptional Contributions to Specialized and Professional Accreditation in the United States, an award given by the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA), the body which serves as the primary membership organization for professional accrediting organizations staff members. Dr. Bobby was the founding Vice Chair and then later Board Chair of ASPA.

The Board of Directors recognizes that Dr. Bobby’s work has been instrumental in moving CACREP into a leadership position in the Counseling profession. CACREP has benefited from Dr. Bobby’s professionalism, integrity, and rich experience. Her vast knowledge of specialized program accreditation in higher education clearly has shaped CACREP to be the “gold standard” in Counseling accreditation.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Bobby on her extraordinary time at CACREP, thanking for her for all she has done for the Counseling profession, and wishing her the very best in her retirement. She will truly be missed.

The Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Charles F. (Rick) Gressard to serve as Interim CEO & President for one year. For more information about Dr. Gressard click here. A search committee has been appointed and will be assisted by the search firm of Isaacson, Miller to immediately begin a thorough process to identify a suitable candidate to succeed Dr. Carol Bobby on July 1, 2018.

Jeffrey Parsons, Chair