University High School's Director of College Counseling, James P. Fadely , Indianapolis, is one of only seven college counselors nationwide to receive the inaugural "Counselors that Change Lives" award, given by the Colleges that Change Lives organization. According to the CTCL, "this award is given in recognition of counselors whose dedication to the college counseling profession reflects the mission of CTCL: to promote and support a student-centered college search process."
Dr. Fadely, who has been with the Carmel independent college preparatory high school since it was founded in 2000, built the school's college counseling program with exactly that mission in mind. At University, college counseling begins in the freshman year and is a four-year process. The size of the school allows Dr. Fadely to know each student and family, which assures a thorough and thoughtful college search. Consequently the school achieves 100 % college placement.
Fadely graduated from Hanover College and earned his M.A. and Ph.D in History at Indiana University. He has taught at both the college and high school level and, prior to developing the college counseling program at University High School, he was Director of Admission at St. Richard's School in Indianapolis.
Fadely and the other awardees, who represent schools in St. Louis; Naples and Gainesville, Florida; Los Angeles; Ada, Michigan and Pena Blanca, New Mexico, will be recognized at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annual conference September 25 in Baltimore, Maryland.