Anne has upheld the principle that if you engage people through empathy and kindness, be willing to work on nights and weekends and help change lives…you will have a successful career in admissions. For over 30 years her simple yet profound approach had brought her success at across the country.
Summary: The power of her “secret sauce”… the good part of Covid-19… three competitive tennis teams, and words to live by.
3:51 the evolution of changes and challenges in the admissions profession
8:28 my secret sauce
11:02 the importance of networking
13:14 the good part of COVID-19
15:20 how do we attract top people to be admissions professionals
16:52 how do you motivate and train your staff
27:02 how I balanced my life
29:50 a strong work ethic since childhood
32:20 admissions software
4:50 society’s challenges
42:10 words to live by
After finishing boarding school at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, IL, she headed to Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL where she graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor’s in History. In 1983 she graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO with an MA.Ed in Guidance and Counseling.
From there she worked at Sacred Heart Academy in Grand Coteau, LA where she was Director of College Counseling, Dorm Parent for the 8th, 9th and 10th grade girls, coached tennis, taught psychology and assisted in admission when needed.
She then spent 12 years as Dean of Admission at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, CA. In 2004, Anne joined the Admission office at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA, where she is completing her 17th year. Anne is also the Varsity Girls’ Tennis Coach, serves on the Senior Administrative team and chairs the External Relations Committee. She lives on campus with her Cocker Spaniel, Nettie.
A little background –
I was born and raised in Decatur, IL. I have five brothers and sisters and nine nieces and nephews.
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