Dr. Wes Habley joined Thomas Brown Associates as a Senior Associate after retiring as Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at ACT, Inc. On his retirement, Habley was awarded ACT’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and his Masters’ Degree in Student Development from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. His doctorate in higher education administration was earned at Illinois State University where he was recently inducted into the College of Education Hall of Fame.
Habley has more than 50 published works on academic advising and student retention. His most recent publications include Increasing Persistence: Research-based Strategies for College Student Success (2012), Academic Advising: a comprehensive handbook (2000, 2008), Status of Academic Advising (2004) and What Works in Student Retention in (2004, 2010). He has delivered more than 200 presentations at professional meetings and has served as a consultant or workshop leader at more than 125 colleges in the US, Canada, and the Middle East.
Habley is a founding Board member of NACADA and served as President and Treasurer. He served for 22 years as the Director of the Summer Institute on Academic Advising and is the recipient of NACADA’s awards for service and for outstanding contributions to the field of advising.