David Spight, assistant dean for advising in the School of Undergraduate Studies, has been elected to the board of directors for the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Spight will assume the role this October after the annual NACADA conference in Salt Lake City and will serve in the position until October 2016.
In his new position, Spight will provide leadership in establishing the vision, strategic plan, and special initiatives of the association.
“I was very humbled that advisors across the globe thought enough of me to elect me,” Spight said. “I’m excited and nervous about the chance to continue to contribute to the association and the profession of academic advising.”
Since joining NACADA in 2001, Spight has held various positions within the organization, serving on the Commission on Undecided/Exploratory Students and as a member of the Professional Development Committee among others.
“NACADA has helped me to really grow and develop as an advising professional. The more I’ve gotten involved, the more I truly get from the association,” Spight said. “It has helped me in so many ways, especially with the early development of the Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling.”
Spight began his UT career as an academic advisor for undecided students in the College of Natural Sciences. In 2008, he was named the Assistant Dean for Academic Advising in the School of Undergraduate Studies and worked to create an advising center for undecided students, what is now the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling.
In addition to his involvement in NACADA, Spight served as president, president-elect, and public relations coordinator for UT’s own Academic Counselors Association.