ECU career counselor receives NCACE president’s award

East Carolina University career counselor Patrick Roberts was recognized with the president’s award at the North Carolina Association of Colleges & Employers’ annual meeting in Blowing Rock May 2.

Patrick Roberts

Patrick Roberts

The award recognizes contributions to the association, career services and/or college recruitment made by an emerging leader in the field. The recipient is selected by the NCACE president with approval from the executive board.

In announcing Roberts as the winner, NCACE President Sara Concini reflected on his enthusiasm for involvement. She was impressed by his eager question, “How can I help?” at the 2012 annual meeting. Concini referred him to the conference committee, where he spearheaded sponsorship solicitation for the 2013 conference. He led the NCACE through a creative and aggressive campaign that resulted in a 10 percent increase in funds raised and five new funding sources.

Concini also quoted Roberts’ ECU colleagues, who described him as an energetic and collaborative hard worker dedicated to serving students.

A native of upstate New York, Roberts received a B.A. in history and M.S. in student personnel administration from the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College, respectively. He worked as a graduate assistant at Buffalo State College before moving to Greenville in 2011.

NCACE is a non-profit organization made up of more than 200 professionals in college and university career services roles. The association provides professional development and networking opportunities for its members to learn, connect and collaborate on initiatives related to college student success and recruitment. For more information, visit