GACE History


On July 21, 1967, Director of Placement at Georgia Tech Neil DeRosa sent a letter to the presidents of Georgia's universities requesting that representatives be sent to a meeting to consider the formation of a state placement association. Thirty-five representatives attended the meeting that was held August 11, 1967 at Georgia Tech. They unanimously endorsed the idea of forming an association whose purpose would be to strengthen the student placement services at each institution. 


On July 19, 1968, officers were elected and the new association was named the Georgia College Placement Association.The founding group was active in the Careers in Georgia program sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. 


By 1971, Georgia College Placement Association formally adopted a constitution and bylaws and elected it first slate of officers. The association was viable enough to request and secure a meeting with Jimmy Carter, then Governor of Georgia, to solicit the support of the state institutions.


In June of 1996, the Association decided to change its name to the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers to reflect the name changes of the Southern and National Associations (Southern Association of Colleges and Employers and the National Association of Colleges and Employers).

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