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NACCU Names Dawn Thomas as New Executive Director

Thursday, March 17, 2016   (4 Comments)
Posted by: Crystal Bazarnic
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NACCU Names Dawn Thomas as New Executive Director

Phoenix, AZ – March 17, 2016 – The National Association of Campus Card Users (NACCU) is pleased to announce that Dawn Thomas will be the next Executive Director for the association effective July 1, 2016. Current Executive Director Lowell Adkins will continue in that role until then. Dawn will be introduced at the NACCU Annual Conference in San Francisco in April.

“I am pleased to announce Dawn as the new NACCU Executive Director,” said NACCU President Brian Bollich. “Dawn brings 18 years of association management experience to NACCU.”

Most recently, Dawn served as leader of an association management firm. Previous to that, she served 17 years at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) in various positions, advancing to the position of Director of Membership, Marketing & Events.  In her role with NACA, she led a group of teams that delivered a range of services from member recruitment and engagement, event management, facility sourcing, contract negotiations, and marketing and publications, all within a $4 million budget.  Prior to her service in the field of association management, Dawn worked eight years in various positions in student affairs at University of South Carolina, Ball State University and Eastern Illinois University.  Dawn received her bachelor’s degree at Southeast Missouri State University in business administration (accounting).  She went on to earn a master’s degree in educational leadership from Eastern Illinois University.  Dawn has been involved in several professional organizations including the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), South Carolina Society of Association Executives (SCSAE) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

“Dawn is a dynamic leader with passion and broad experience in Association Management and Higher Education and her unique skill set will help position NACCU to thrive” said Ken Boyer, NACCU Search Committee Chair.

“It has been a great delight to follow the progress of the search committee and the NACCU leadership as they have thoughtfully and professionally moved through the Executive Director selection process. I am confident that they have chosen well and that Dawn will be a tremendous asset to NACCU as we head into a wonderful future” said current NACCU Executive Director Lowell Adkins.

"I am honored and privileged to be appointed Executive Director of NACCU," said Thomas. "I am excited to expand upon the impressive work accomplished by Lowell Adkins, the NACCU staff, the NACCU Board of Directors and all of the great volunteer leaders of this association to continue delivering value to both the school and corporate members. The continuous evolution of technology, coupled with the challenges facing institutions of higher education, makes NACCU a necessity for those looking for the best solutions. I look forward to meeting with members and business partners to discuss our association" said Dawn Thomas about her new role as Executive Director of NACCU.

As the only association serving the national and international campus card transaction industry, the National Association of Campus Card Users is the one source dedicated to high-quality educational programs, resources, services and tools. NACCU offers members infinite advantages in networking, developing partnerships, leveraging technology, problem solving, insight sharing and professional development.

NACCU membership is open to all colleges, universities, secondary institutions and companies that are involved with the campus card market. The association offers a newsletter (CARDtalk), listserv, website, an annual conference and regional workshops on topics related to campus cards. Learn more at


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Crystal Bazarnic
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Lawrence Drees says...
Posted Friday, March 18, 2016
Congratulations and welcome, Dawn. It is an exciting time for us at NACCU and having you on board to help move the organization forward is exciting as well. All of us in the Card Program at the University of Colorado Boulder look forward to meeting you and working with you in the yeas to come. All the best. Larry Drees
University of Northern Colorado says...
Posted Thursday, March 17, 2016
Congratulations, Dawn, and welcome to our 'family'. I've been associated with NACCU over 20 years, and I remember meeting you a number of years ago at a NACA conference. I look forward to connecting with you again. Kind regards, Cindy Vetter
Deborah Nightingale says...
Posted Thursday, March 17, 2016
Congratulations, Dawn! Welcome to NACCU, a wonderful association I have been proud to participate in over the last 16 years with two different institutions. Looking forward to meeting you at the conference and the dynamic leadership you will bring (Lowell may be a tough act to follow but sounds like you are up to the task)! Deb Nightingale Liberty University
Amy Surprenant says...
Posted Thursday, March 17, 2016
Wonderful News! Welcome to the NACCU Family! Our staff at the University of Vermont is looking forward to meeting you! Amy Surprenant

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