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Jonathan Hallford, an academic advisor in the College of Liberal Arts, has been selected as a mentor for the NACADA's 2020-2022 Class of Emerging Leaders. NACADA is an association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators and students working to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA evolved from the first National Conference on Academic Advising in 1977 and has over 12,000 members representing all 50 United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and several other international countries.

"I am excited about their decision and this opportunity. To be only one of 10 people selected across the association is truly a humbling honor," Hallford said.

The purpose of the Emerging Leader Program is to provide an intentional and focused mentoring experience to those who are interested in becoming more involved in the association. Hallford was selected because of his interest in the program as well as his involvement in and commitment to NACADA.

The Emerging Leader program is a two-year program in which Hallford will work closely with an Emerging Leader in NACADA and help them gain the skills, experiences and knowledge needed to move into a leadership position in the association. The two will develop a plan for the Emerging Leader’s involvement, which will be based on their interests, expertise and goals for the future. Members of NACADA represent higher education institutions across the spectrum of Carnegie classifications and include professional advisors/counselors, faculty, administrators and students whose responsibilities include academic advising.

Hallford has been an advisor at Auburn since 2006 and serves as NACADA's Region 4 conference chair. He received his master's degree in administration of higher education and his bachelor's degree in education from Auburn and is currently working toward a doctorate in adult continuing education and teaching. He has extensive experience working with students both as an advisor and as an admissions advisor intern at Auburn.

Hallford will virtually attend the Emerging Leaders and Mentors orientation during NACADA's annual conference in Puerto Rico in early October.

For more information about NACADA and the conference, click here