American College Personnel Association (ACPA) - headquartered in Washington, D.C. at the National Center for Higher Education, is the leading comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery.

ACPA, founded in 1924 by May L. Cheney, has nearly 7,500 members representing 1,200 private and public institutions from across the U.S. and around the world. ACPA members include graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in student affairs/higher education administration programs, faculty, and student affairs educators, from entry level to senior student affairs officers, and organizations and companies that are engaged in the campus marketplace. 

History of ACPA

ACPA traces its beginnings to May L. Cheney who organized a teacher placement office at the University of California, Berkeley, and who became the first president of ACPA’s predecessor, the National Association of Appointment Secretaries (NAAS), in 1924.


Discover the diverse Leaders of ACPA in our Governing Board, Assembly Leadership, Committees, and Staff.


Check out the extensive Education, Association, and Corporate Partnerships that ACPA has cultivated.

Press Center

In our Press Center explore the up to date News and Media Releases that ACPA shares on a regular basis.

ACPA Foundation

Founded in 1994 during the presidency of Charles Schroeder, the purpose of the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation (501c3 non-profit organization) is "to enhance the student affairs profession and to generate and disseminate knowledge of college students at all levels within higher education" (Article Three of the Articles of Incorporation).