2018 Summer Institute

Join us July 9-10 for our 15th Annual Summer Institute at the University of Richmond, with college tours on July 11. Our team looks forward to planning another special event for you!  Check back regularly for updates.

Professional Development Chair:  Rebekah LaPlante, Virginia Tech (VA)
Chair:  Alice Robertson, Chantilly High School (VA)
Chair: Kate Perry, William and Mary (VA)
Registration:  Rhonda Douthit, Executive Assistant, [email protected], 434-989-7557

Members may login at www.pcacac.org to access details on past professional development events, such as session materials, program schedules, Keynote speakers, faculty, sponsors, and grants/scholarships offered.

Call for Faculty

Thank you to those who submitted an application for consideration as a faculty member for our 15th Annual Summer Institute.  Selected faculty will be notified by April 9, 2018.


We are glad you're already excited about this year's Summer Institute!  Registration will open at the end of April.

Remembering the 2017 Summer Institute...

Our sincere appreciation goes out to those who generously supported us in 2017:

  • Roanoke College for providing top-notch service, lodging, food, refreshment breaks, meeting space, and campus tours - an amazing staff and campus!
  • NACAC for sponsorship of the Public School Counselor Grant attendees.

Thank YOU for attending our 14th Annual Summer Institute at Roanoke College in Salem, VA. The two-day Summer Institute, held July 17-18, provided professional development to new and veteran college admission and counseling professionals, with a lineup of sessions of interest to both sides of the desk (access presentations below). Some stayed on after the Institute for dinner and a tour of Hollins University on July 18, then tours of Radford University and Virginia Tech on July 19.

Fees and Registration Information
Memo to 2017 SI Registrants
Session Evaluations
Program Schedule
Keynote and Faculty Bios
CEU Report Log
Mobile Application

A Special "Thanks" to our Keynote Speaker!

Brenda Porter Poggendorf is Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Roanoke College.  She has served in undergraduate enrollment management for over 35 years, first at Roanoke College in admissions and at Carthage College as Executive Assistant to the President and Vice President for Enrollment from 1988 to 2007.   In fall 2007, she returned to Roanoke College. Additionally, she has served as consultant to several other small private colleges. 

Dr. Poggendorf earned her B.A. from Roanoke College, an M.A.L.S. from Hollins University, and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in education, leadership and policy studies from Loyola University-Chicago. Her dissertation was on student persistence in college. While she enjoys the art and science of recruiting and retaining students, above all she enjoys playing a small part in helping students achieve their goals.


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) generously provided PCACAC with grant money to support participation of a number of public school counselors at the 2017 PCACAC Summer Institute. The following counselors who work in public school systems or at public charter schools were selected for the scholarship:
  • LeKai Butler, The Academy at Virginia Randolph (VA)
  • Penny Deck, Cosby High School (VA)
  • Amelia Simmons, High Point High School (MD)
  • Deandra Smith, DC Prep (DC)
  • Tamara Wolfson, Northwood High School (MD)

Faculty and attendees...