The Admission Leadership Council (ALC) at SSATB was established in 2009 to provide a more consistent professional voice for members. As the ALC enters its fifth year, the enrollment environment for independent schools has changed. In these challenging times for many schools, the ALC looks to play an even more critical role in helping define the issues and in developing professional resources for enrollment managers.



ALC co-chairs Heather Eckert, Director of Admission Operations at The Hotchkiss School (CT), and Leo Marshall, Dean of Admission at The Webb Schools (CA), bring a wealth of experience from the world of independent school admission and financial aid. Under Heather and Leo’s leadership, alongside SSATB’s Carinne Barker, Senior Director of Professional Development, the ALC continues to expand on the organization’s professional development offerings, including the Right On Time blog and webinars. In addition, the ALC will continue to organize and host regional meetings with high-level content on the state of admission today.

Understanding the critical need to build and sustain the profession, the ALC is also expanding its reach with the Mentorship Initiative. Launched September 2014, it includes 11 members of the ALC who are serving as mentors to 11 new directors of admission in a year-long pilot program. Following the program’s completion in Fall 2015, the ALC will complete an assessment of the program and discuss expanding the program to a larger group.


The Admission Leadership Council (ALC) facilitated a series of roundtable discussions at the 2010 SSATB Annual Meeting focused on persistent independent school admission challenges. Participants were encouraged to share those practices that have yielded positive results at their schools in addressing each issue. The results are found in the ALC Power Practices Compilation. 

Click here for the PDF version of the Power Practices Compilation







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Carinne Barker, SSATB Senior Director of Professional Development
Carinne Barker, SSATB Senior Director of Professional Development