Chair Emeriti

Richard Yep


Executive Director and CEO


Master's in Public Administration, University of Southern California

Richard Yep is executive director and chief executive officer (CEO) of the American Counseling Association (ACA), a post he has held since 1998. ACA is comprised of more than 45,000 professional counselors and counselor educators. The association has an annual budget of more than $10 million, employs 54 full-time staff, and is headquartered just outside of Washington, DC, in Alexandria, VA. As CEO, Mr. Yep has successfully guided the organization from a budget deficit position to one with a surplus and investments of more than $3 million.

Mr. Yep is the past chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and currently serves on that organization's board of directors. He is a former Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA), where he worked with Native Americans in northern Arizona on health, career, and education issues. Mr. Yep has worked in the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO programs, specifically with Upward Bound and Talent Search, programs that advocate for access to higher education for disadvantaged populations. He has been a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a former board member of the Committee for Education Funding. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Southern California.

Arthur J. Gregg


Lt. General, U.S. Army (Ret.)


BS in Business Administration, summa cum laude, Saint Benedict College

Arthur Gregg has more than 44 years of professional experience, having held senior-level management and command positions in the military and industry. Currently retired from active management, he maintains a busy schedule as a member of several corporate and academic boards, serving as chair of three of them. Most recently he served as president of James Martin Government Intelligence, Inc., an information technology firm providing senior-level consulting services to law enforcement, intelligence, and defense agencies. He has also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Steeltech Manufacturing, Inc. and for American Coastal Industries, Inc., as vice president and general manager for Cox Cable, and as an independent consultant engaged in general management and cable television services. Following a distinguished career in the military, Lt. General Gregg retired from active duty with the U.S. Army in 1981, serving then as the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics in Washington, DC.

Lt. General Gregg completed graduate-level studies at the Army War College and the Command and General Staff College. He also attended the concentrated Executive Program in National Security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Joshua L. Smith


Professor and Director (Ret.)


BA, Boston University
MA in Teaching, Harvard University
EdD, Harvard University

A prominent leader in higher education, Joshua Smith was a professor and director of the Program in Higher Education and Center for Urban Community College Leadership, School of Education, New York University until 2000. In 2002, he was appointed Emeritus Professor of Higher Education. Dr. Smith has served as chancellor of the California Community Colleges, president of the Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York, dean of the School of Education for the City College of New York, and president of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. He was also a program officer for the Ford Foundation in the development of new educational administrative programs at top universities across the country.

Dr. Smith has been chairman of the board of directors for the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, president and chairman of the board of the National Humanities Faculty, and an active participant in the American Association of School Administrators. He served as a captain in the United States Air Force.

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