William S. Neal Award

The William S. Neal Award recognizes an individual and NEACAC member with up to at least five and not more than fifteen years of experience who works in the field of college admissions and counseling. William S. Neal (1936-2004) was a quintessential New Englander whose warm, steadfast leadership and guidance touched the lives of many students, families, and counselors during his thirty-two years in the profession, including twenty-four years as the chief admission officer at Norwich University and Elmira College. Bill served in many capacities of leadership on the regional and national levels, but was perhaps most familiar at our regional college fairs and during the Annual Meeting and Conference where he mentored new college admission and high school counselors throughout New England. The William S. Neal Award passes Bill’s torch to a NEACAC member who has been engaged in association activities and who has shown particular commitment to students and the profession, with promise for continued service and leadership.


The 2017 award was presented to Erin Earle, from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI. She was presented the award at NEACAC's Annual Meeting and Conference at Keene State College in Keene, NH on June 1, 2017.
Previous William S. Neal Award Recipients are listed here.