State Group Salutes CMU Admission Officer

Names scholarship in honor of Braxton Rethwisch

The business of student recruitment is tough and competitive. When it comes to enrolling a student, only one college can "win." Braxton Rethwisch of Central Methodist University has been fighting the good fight for his alma mater since 1964.

That alone is a remarkable accomplishment. But an award Rethwisch, CMU regional director of admission, recently gained speaks volumes about the regard in which he is held by other admission professionals across Missouri.

The Missouri Association of College Admission Counselors (MOACAC) instituted the "Braxton Rethwisch MOACAC Scholarship" at its annual conference, held in St. Louis April 29-30. The honor was a complete surprise to the Fayette native, who represents CMU in St. Louis and eastern Missouri.

"To be recognized by one's professional colleagues is a high honor and I am grateful," Rethwisch said. "I owe a debt of gratitude to my co-workers at CMU for their support."

The MOACAC Board members voted unanimously to initiate the scholarship program "to celebrate his accomplishments and continued service to the organization," noted Drew Griffin of the University of Missouri at St. Louis, and past president of Missouri ACAC, in announcing the award at the convention.

"There is not a more deserving person," said Larry Anderson, CMU Admission Director, who has known Rethwisch since Anderson was himself a Central student in the mid-1960s. "Braxton is the consummate professional and credit to the college admission profession and to Central Methodist University."

Rethwisch has been heavily involved with the admission group on both the state and national levels. He served as vice president of the National Association of College Admission Counselors from 1978 -81. He was on its Budget and Finance Committee from 1995-97.

He is a Past President of Missouri ACAC and chaired the state Government Relations Committee for many years. In 2001 he was the first to receive the National ACAC Government Relations Award, "...which goes to a member for outstanding efforts to promote equal access to higher education, encourage counselor excellence, and further the priorities of NACAC."

In 1994 Rethwisch was presented the National ACAC Gayle Wilson Award for Meritorious Service for outstanding service to the college admission profession.

Rethwisch has a master's degree in higher education administration and finance, and has completed coursework toward a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. He and his wife Judy split time between homes in the St. Louis area and in Fayette. They have two grown children, son Carter and daughter Christine, and two grandchildren, Elise and Clark.


Originally posted May 10, 2013


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