College and Graduate School Advisor
Stuart Nachbar has worked around higher education for nearly three decades as a writer, urban economic development professional and software marketing executive. He founded his Web site, Educated Quest, to help families consider the “Seven C’s of the College Search: Competition, Completion, Costs, Curriculum, Community, Comforts and Connections. He also coaches college-bound students to develop admissions essays in their own voice and interview successfully for admissions and scholarships.
Before starting Educated Quest, Stuart was Senior Vice President of College Central Network (CCN), a provider of Web-based applications to college career centers. For 11 years he helped grow the company’s client base from zero to relationships with over 650 schools. After leaving CCN he penned Defending College Heights, a murder mystery around the death of a U.S. Army recruiter during the Second Gulf War. He has finished another novel, America’s Town, around life and women’s high school basketball in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Stuart is a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC), Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) and the Education Writer’s Association (EWA). In 2021 he earned the distinction: Certified Educational Planner (CEP). The American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP) awards this credential to professionals, working independently or in schools, who have achieved the highest level of competence in educational planning.
Stuart has a BA in Political Science and an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers University, a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as a Certificate in Digital Media Marketing from NYU. He completed his Certificate in College Counseling (with Distinction) from UCLA Extension. He and his wife, Carol, live in Central New Jersey.