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Candace Boeninger

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Boeninger elected president of OACAC

Director of undergraduate admissions begins term in spring


Candace J. Boeninger, assistant vice provost for enrollment management and director of Undergraduate Admissions, has been elected president to the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC). She will begin her role as president in spring 2016.

Boeninger was appointed to her current position at Ohio University in 2011 after a national search. Prior to assuming this role, she had served as a member of the Undergraduate Admissions team since 2002 in capacities managing communication, technical operations, and transfer admission.

”This role for Candace is well-deserved,” Senior Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Management Craig Cornell said. “She has exhibited her talents as a natural leader here at OHIO, and I am fully confident that she will continue her service to such an important organization in this expanded role.”

An active member in OACAC, Boeninger served as chair of the state’s Admission Practices committee since 2012, after being a member of the committee for most of her career. 

As chair, she worked to ensure statewide compliance with the ethical guidelines and code of professional conduct established by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the presiding organization of the state affiliate.

Current OACAC president, Jill Byers of Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute, notes that Boeninger’s past experience is a predictor of future success in the role.  
“Candace has great experience and connections for the role,” Byers said. “She not only has a statewide presence; she also has national-level volunteer and presenter experience. Moreover, her awareness of admission issues and commitment to college access will serve her well in the presidency—and serve our Ohio association well.” 

Boeninger looks forward to serving an association she has held membership in during her entire career with Ohio University. “The goals and initiatives of the NACAC and OACAC align well with the work that Undergraduate Admissions does to support students and families in the transition to higher education,” Boeninger said. “I’m humbled and excited to be able to assume this leadership role in an organization that is so important to college access in Ohio.”

OACAC connects more than 1,100 college counseling professionals, including admissions representatives, high school counselors, community-based college access organizations, financial aid officers, active retirees, and graduate students who have an interest in advocating and raising awareness for college counseling on a regional and national level. The association is dedicated to supporting professionals who serve students as they find the right fit to pursue their passions, interests, and academic pursuits in higher education.  

Boeninger’s election as president comes at a particularly exciting time, as the state is set to host NACAC’s national assembly in Columbus in 2016.