In recognition of his professional excellence and stature, St. Paul's Director of College Counseling Jake Talmage has been elected to the Presidential Cycle of the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC). Starting July 1, he will serve as President-Elect this year, become President next year, and serve the following year as Past President.
"Jake is a nationally recognized leader and innovator in college admissions counseling. His election demonstrates the high regard in which his peers hold him," said Headmaster David Faus. "Even as his reputation grows, Jake's highest priority remains St. Paul's students. He and his staff work tirelessly to ensure that every student finds the best possible fit to continue his education."
With over 800 members spanning Maryland, Washington, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia, PCACAC is one of 23 regional affiliates of the National Association for College Admission Counseling around the world. Members are professionals, predominately college admission officers and school counselors but also independent counselors and others involved with the college admission process. The group oversees the ethics of college admission, runs professional development, takes on government advocacy and much more.
Talmage will complete his term as Admissions Practices Chair for PCACAC where he chaired the group involved with Ethics issues. In that role, he received a Rising Star Award at this year's NACAC annual meeting, recognizing his creation of a case study program in ethical college counseling. His innovations at St. Paul's include the creation of the College Application Summer Boot Camp, the implementation of a virtual visit machine for long-distance college interviews, and the organization of panels and events for parents and students on topics including arts and college recruitment, and admissions case studies.
"This election is a great honor, and I thank St. Paul's for supporting and empowering me to take on this role. It will be an educational experience, and I look forward to gaining knowledge and forging relationships that will benefit our School's students," said Talmage.
Talmage has been Director of College Counseling at St. Paul's since 2005 and coaches soccer. Prior to joining the School, he was the Associate Director of College Counseling at Pine Crest School in Florida for five years. He previously held positions in the admissions offices of Johns Hopkins University, the University of Vermont, and the College of William & Mary.