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Patrick Akos named to ASCA governing board

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Professor Patrick Akos, coordinator of the school counseling program at the School of Education, has been elected to the board of directors of the American School Counselor Association.

Akos, who has been a faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill since 2001, said he was looking forward to serving on the board.

“It is really an honor to be elected and I look forward to the opportunity to advocate for the school counseling profession,” Akos said. “Helping all students thrive is hard and meaningful work, whether it is dealing with violence, college access, or simply helping students stay resilient. The American School Counselor Association is primed to lead the way.”

Akos obtained his Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Virginia, his M.A. in adult and higher education from Morehead State University and his B.S. degree in secondary education from Vanderbilt University. He served for the past year and a half as faculty chair in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education.

The ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more than 31,000 professional school counselors around the world. It supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

More information about the ASCA is available on their website, www.schoolcounselor.org.