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John J. (Jack) Schmidt is a professor and chair of the Counselor and Adult Education Department at East Carolina University (ECU). Named Distinguished Professor for the ECU School of Education in 1999, he has been a teacher, counselor, school system director of counseling services, state coordinator of school counseling services, and university professor for more than 30 years. Dr. Schmidt is an active writer, having published more than 50 professional articles, chapters, technical manuals, and books, including A Survival Guide for the Elementary/Middle School Counselor, Counseling in Schools (4th ed.), Living Intentionally and Making Life Happen, and Invitational Counseling, with William W. Purkey. A recipient of many professional honors and awards, Dr. Schmidt has been active in the counseling profession, holding many state positions, including president of the North Carolina Counseling Association, and serving on the editorial boards of professional journals. He also served several terms on the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors in North Carolina.