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.
The new ALC co-chairs, Heather Eckert, Director of Admission Operations at The Hotchkiss School (CT), and Tom Sheppard, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Lawrenceville School (NJ), bring a wealth of experience from the world of independent school admission and financial aid. Under Heather and Tom’s leadership, alongside SSATB’s new Director of Professional Development, the ALC will continue to expand on the organization’s professional development offerings, including the ALC’s 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 this September, 11 members of the ALC are serving as mentors to 11 new directors of admission in this year-long pilot program. Following the program’s completion in 2015, the ALC will complete an assessment of the program and discuss expanding the program to a larger group.