John A. "Jack" Blackburn Award


Photo of Jack Blackburn by Dan Addison

The John A. "Jack" Blackburn Award for Ethics in College Admission was established by the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC) in 2010 to honor the late Jack Blackburn, long-time Dean of Admission at the University of Virginia. Throughout his career, Jack served as an admirable role model promoting the highest ethical standards, integrity in our profession and equity in access to higher education. This award recognizes a member of our profession who exemplifies the qualities that made Jack Blackburn revered by his peers. 

Nominate a Deserving Colleague by January 4, 2020

Selection Process

A recipient is selected each year (pending qualified nominations) and recognized at the PCACAC Annual Spring Conference.  Criteria used for selection are:
  • Commitment to the high ethical standards of college admission through sustained active involvement in  the profession;
  • Dedication to promoting equal access to higher education for all students.

Membership in PCACAC is not a criterion for selection but consideration will be given to professionals in the PCACAC region.

The recipient is honored with an engraved plaque and, for one year, will keep the Blackburn Award, a perpetual plaque engraved and embossed with the PCACAC logo listing the names of all recipients.

The selection committee is comprised of members of the PCACAC Past Presidents Committee.  For questions or additional information, contact Mike Carter, Chair of the Past Presidents' Committee.

In Recognition of our 2019 Award Winner

Evelyn Boyd White
Past President (2002-2003)
Retired School Counseling Coordinator, Thomas Dale High School (VA)

Award presented by Dave Kraus

PCACAC is proud to announce this year's recipient, Evelyn Boyd-White.  In the words of Dave Kraus, a long-time friend and colleague:  Evelyn "was part of the first group to set the University of Virginia on the path to become the diverse, vibrant institution that it is today.  In a very real sense, this year's recipient actually was part of the first group to begin that process, even before Jack's arrival in Charlottesville. If not in the first class of women and African Americans to enroll, she was among the first. Imagine what that must have felt like - the bravery to be the vanguard at a previously all white, all male UVA."

"After graduation, our recipient went on to a career in high school guidance, first in Albemarle then Chesterfield. She was a leader in the field, serving as president of this organization and NACAC."  Evelyn is now enjoying retirement, but we can think of nobody more deserving of the Blackburn award than Evelyn.


Evelyn with previous Blackburn recipients (Mildred Johnson, James W. Jump, Evelyn Boyd-White, Lou Hirsh, and Dave Kraus) & President Jake Talmage.

Previous Recipients

2018:  Todd Rinehart, Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management, University of Denver (CO)

2017:  Marty Wilder, Chief of Staff (Retired), University of Mary Washington (VA)

2016:  Dave Kraus, Director of Admission, Davidson College (NC)

2015:  Mildred Johnson, Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management & Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Virginia Tech (VA)

2014:  James W. Jump, Academic Dean and Director of Guidance, St. Christopher's School (VA)

2013: Valerie H. Gregory, Associate Dean of Admissions and Outreach, University of Virginia (VA)

2012: Lou Hirsh, Retired Director of Admissions, University of Delaware (DE)

2011: Shirley Bloomquist, Independent Counselor (VA)