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Academy of Leaders: Carol Bobby
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Carol BobbyDr. Carol L. Bobby

President and CEO, Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

As CEO of CACREP, Dr. Carol Bobby has assisted in the development of counselor preparation standards, facilitated team member training, created the first-ever CACREP "how to write a self-study” workshop, and presented globally on quality assurance review processes in higher education. In her position with CACREP, she specifically played an instrumental role in the development of the organization’s research agenda, the creation of its International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs (IRCEP), and writing and presenting the concept proposal that has allowed CACREP to work closely with the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) on the creation of a unified accreditation process on behalf of the counseling profession. This process has recently led to an agreement for merger of the two organizations.

Since receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1987, Dr. Bobby has maintained professional membership in ACA, ACES, and AMHCA. She is a lifetime member of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for the counseling profession. Her leadership positions include: 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 currently continues to serve as the Immediate Past President of INQAAHE and, as such, sits on the Board of Directors in an ex officio capacity.

Dr. Bobby’s work has been recognized in many ways. As an undergraduate, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honor society and received Ohio University’s McQuiston award for her outstanding GPA. In 1984, the City of Alexandria's Office on Women recognized her as an outstanding volunteer and in 2001 she was selected as the first fellow of the Middle States Association’s Commission on Higher Education, one of the nation’s six regional accrediting agencies. Within the counseling profession, she has been an honored recipient of ACA’s Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award (2006), the ACES President’s Outstanding Service Award (2013), and the Thomas J. Sweeney Award for Visionary Leadership and Advocacy (2015). In December 2014 she was honored by Thailand’s national accrediting agency when she was presented with ONESQA’s Plaque of Honour award. This honor was followed in March 2015 by her receipt of the C. Davenport Award for Exceptional Contributions to Specialized and Professional Accreditation in the United States given by the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.
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