Paul Timmins

Past President

National Career Development Association (NCDA)

Paul Timmins

Past President

National Career Development Association (NCDA)

Paul Timmins served as president of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) in 2017-2018, and has been an NCDA board member since 2011. NCDA is the oldest career development professional association in the United States, and currently has 5,000 members.

Paul is the director of career services in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, where he leads a staff that helps students work on their “Three Es:” exploring, gaining experience, and excelling as they implement plans for life after graduation. He has served in his current role since 1999 and has previously worked in both public and private higher education institutions.

He received his bachelor’s degree in speech communication and marketing from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and a master’s in student affairs administration from Indiana University.

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