North Carolina Housing Officers (NCHO) was organized in 1973 by housing professionals in North Carolina to create a professional community that promotes an exchange of ideas and philosophies among institutions with residence hall programs. NCHO is associated with the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO), and sends a representative to the business meetings of SEAHO.

Currently, 57 private and public institutions are affiliated with NCHO, including all 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina System.

In 1983, after ten years of service and growth, the membership endorsed the development of a purpose statement.

The purpose of the association of North Carolina Housing Officers shall be to:

  • Unite people at public and independent institutions with responsibility for residence life, housing, and related support areas.
  • Encourage the sharing of resources, programs, procedures, information, and policies of common interest.
  • Cultivate professionalism, high standards, and ethical approaches. Address the needs of staff members in all areas of housing including residence life, operations, and administration.
  • Make participation affordable.
  • Provide an annual conference, workshop on current issues, a newsletter, and directory of institutional and individual members.
  • Serve as a liaison with other state, regional, and national organizations.
  • Provide an opportunity for staff members at all levels to contribute and actively participate in the achievement of NCHO goals.
  • Support the philosophies of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, and equal access in our workshop and on our campuses.In 1997, a Past-President’s Task Force took a look at the future of NCHO. This group laid the framework for outreach programs and an effort to revitalize the annual conference.

NCHO celebrated its 25th anniversary at the 1998 conference in Asheville. The new logo was unveiled at the conference.

The 1999 conference marked the first time that NCHO hosted a combined conference with the North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA).