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!
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
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