Dr. James P. Fadely took his B.A. in history at Hanover College and the M.A. and Ph.D. at Indiana University Bloomington. He has taught U.S., European, Latin American, Asian, and African history at the middle school (The Brookstone School, The Savannah Country Day School, and St. Richard’s Episcopal School), high school (Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School and University High School of Indiana), and college (Indiana University-Indianapolis, Butler University, and the University of Indianapolis) levels. Also, he has served as Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, and assistant to the Head of School in several prep schools.

Fadely is the former Director of College Counseling at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis. Previously, he founded the college counseling program at University High School of Indiana, an independent college preparatory school in Carmel, and served as Director of College Counseling there for fifteen years. He has visited over 150 college campuses (To view the list of colleges visited by Dr. Fadely, click HERE) in that time and worked with scores of students and families. He is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and has participated in every NACAC national conference on college admission since 2001. He served as a member of the executive board of the Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) and also served as the chair of the IACAC Government Relations Committee. Dr. Fadely also serves on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Hanover College, which gives him added insight into issues in higher education.

Dr. Fadely is an author, having written a political biography, Thomas Taggart: Public Servant, Political Boss, 1856-1929, about one of Indiana’s legendary political figures. His articles have appeared in historical publications and he has given lectures and talks on a variety of subjects for many years. Long active in civic affairs in Indianapolis, he serves on the board of directors of six nonprofit organizations in the city and is a member of over twenty organizations.

University High School College Counselor Receives Honor

September 2009

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.

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