Barbara Egan, Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid for Georgetown Day School discusses the challenges and successes of modernizing the admission office under her tenure. She also discusses the crucial skills the new directors of admission must possess in order to be successful, as well as effective staff management and organization. Furthermore, she talks about the need for equitable compensation for admissions professionals and also discusses how the Zen of cooking, a good run and laying on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta keep her focused and serene.
Episode Take A Ways:
The need for purposeful work…higher salaries for admissions professionals…overcoming the impostor syndrome…the Zen of cooking…relentless optimism…talking to each other.
2:43 Evolution of GDS Admissions office
10:42 Staff Training
15:04 Staff Management
30:02 Center for Civic Engagement
34:44 Personal organization
39:33 Personal challenges
45:17 Personal Joy
47:30 Society’s Greatest Challenge Today
51:20 Relentless Optimism
55:00 Why we must listen
Barbara Eghan has served as Director of Enrollment Management at Georgetown Day School since July 2014. In that time, she has steadily increased enrollment demand by focusing on expanding admissions outreach efforts, overseeing the development of effective ambassador programs, and fully digitizing admissions operations.
Beyond the admissions office, Barbara collaborates with colleagues on existing and new program initiatives, and partners with the Board of Trustees on diversity and inclusion goals, finance, and enrollment planning.
Beyond GDS, Barbara has served as a founding faculty member for the Future Leaders Institute at the Enrollment Management Association (EMA) and on the Admissions Advisory Committee of the Association of Independent Schools in Greater Washington (AISGW).
She has previously worked at Polytechnic School (CA) and Groton School (MA), and served as a board member at Oak Meadow School (MA), along the way also gaining experience as a student advisor, coach, and English teacher.
Barbara received her A.B. in history and literature from Harvard University and her Ed.M. in school leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Barbara lives in Washington, DC, and cherishes her time with her wife, Rachel (a talented independent school leader in her own right), and their dog, Moxie. In July 2021, Barbara will take on a new capacity at GDS as the Founding Executive Director of a newly-established enterprise, the Center for Civic Engagement, whose mission is to equip young people regionally and nationally with the skills to renew and sustain our democracy.
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