The National Association of College Deans, Registrars, and Admissions Officers was
founded in 1925 as the National Association of College Deans and Registrars. Dean T.E. McKinney of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro, North Carolina convened a few college administrators for the purpose of discussing the idea of organizing a professional organization. The group agreed that such an organization was not only feasible, but also highly desirable, since minorities were not permitted to participate in most professional organizations at this time.
The major purposes for establishing this organization were to provide a FORUM for Deans and Registrars of black colleges and universities to discuss mutual problems with a view toward improving the quality of education in member institutions to set standards for accreditation. The Fiftieth Anniversary Convention, held in Miami 1976, was a particular highlight in the history of the association.