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A lifetime in admissions, and how mentor-ship is the secret to a successful career and a fulfilled life. Our guest today is Patrick Finn is a dear friend of mine and I am delighted that he is here with us. today. He founded School Connections in 2007. He created a format that would make it easier and more cost effective for admissions representatives and educational consultants to meet. By the way, I love your company…my school clients use your method and have been thrilled with the results! Patrick also brings a wealth of experience in independent school admission, financial aid, and enrollment management, as well as a deep understanding and appreciation of school communities. Patrick holds a BA in History from the University of Virginia and an MS in Education from Pennsylvania State University. From 1987 to 2002, he was Director of Admission at Canterbury School in New Milford, CT. He served as Assistant Head of School and Director of Admission at St. Timothy’s from 2002-2009. From 2011-2017, he was the Director of Enrollment at Foxcroft School. Most recently Patrick served as interim Head of School at Wakefield Country Day School in Huntly, VA. He has coached lacrosse, basketball, and has taught Ethics. Currently Patrick is the Offensive Coordinator for the men’s lacrosse team at the University of Mary Washington. Please enjoy!

Show Listing:

3:19 History of School Connections

10:00 Old School Admission Training

16:01 Admissions skills for the new era

20:16 Work/Life balance

25:13 Personal Hobbies

35:20 The importance of mentoring

41:17 Societal injustices

44:02 The importance of books

Music throughout this episode courtesy of Epidemic Sound.

This episode is sponsored by The Independent Educational Consultants Association.

It is the largest and most respected organization representing independent educational consultants. An IECA member educational consultant is a skilled professional who provides counseling to help students and families choose a school that is a good personal match: one that will foster the student’s academic and social growth.


IECA members adhere to the strictest ethical standards in the profession, visit hundreds of campuses each year, and are among the most experienced educational consultants in the profession. They focus on finding the best match between student and school.


Many schools have gained students from new communities because of their outreach to IECA members. As a Director of admission for 20 years the IECA consultants were crucial in helping us find the best mission appropriate students…they are fantastic people to work with!


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This episode is sponsored by The School Connection.

The idea is simpleaffordable and meaningful venues for traditional boarding schools, therapeutic schools, and domestic and international Educational Consultants to come together, for informational and networking purposes. This process, ultimately leads to the successful placing of students into the most compatible environment.

The School Connections workshops involve multiple, individual meetings between Educational Consultants and admissions representatives from schools and programs. Their workshops range from 2-3 days and, allow attendees to maximize their time with individual appointments in one workshop, in one location.

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This episode is brought to you by The Independent School Chairpersons Association

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