A Message from President Susan Davidson


Dear Colleagues:

It is a privilege to serve as President of New York State ACAC for the 2016-2017 year. I knew from an early age that I would pursue a career in education; my mother gave years of service to teaching math at the middle school, high school, and college levels. I can trace my decision to pursue education policy to a pivotal text, Amy Gutmann’s Democratic Education.  Gutmann propounds a simple, powerful argument: all children must be educated to a threshold that will allow them to participate fully in the democratic process. Each state, she argues, must take responsibility for financing primary education and providing resources. I moved to Washington, DC after college to work with agencies that pursued a similar mission.

About two years later, my focus shifted to higher education. My interest in helping young adults find and pursue their passion centers around what they will learn and discover while at college. Of higher education Gutmann writes:  “While not a substitute for character training, learning how to think carefully and critically about political problems, to articulate one’s views and defend them before people with whom one disagrees is a form of moral education to which young adults are more receptive and for which universities are well suited.” As counselors, we help students develop and grow.  We see them off to college, where we hope they will pursue the subjects about which they are curious.  Together with their teachers, we prepare them to engage critically and respectfully with peers from all backgrounds.

I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had throughout more than a decade of work in admissions and college counseling. I owe a great deal to my mentors who shepherded me through professional development experiences in NYSACAC and NACAC. In the same spirit, I want to welcome fellow professionals with passion, those who want to share their expertise, those who want to learn and collaborate. Please share your talents with us. As we continue to grow our membership and enhance our programming, we welcome a diversity of ideas and opinions.

Please feel free to contact me directly at

All the best,

Susan Davidson


Gutmann, Amy. Democratic Education. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1987. Print.