The WLSA Conference 2017

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Keynote Speakers

Janet R
Janet Lavin Rapelye
Dean of Admission
Princeton University

Janet Lavin Rapelye was appointed dean of admission at Princeton University, July 1 2003. In this capacity, she serves on the president's cabinet and is responsible for articulating the University’s mission to prospective students and their families. Dean Rapelye works closely with all University constituencies and a 40-person staff, and serves as spokesperson for the admission office and for the University on all admission matters.

Dean Rapelye served as dean of admission at Wellesley College from 1991-2003 and was associate director of admissions at Bowdoin College from 1986-1991. Earlier she worked in the admissions offices at Stanford University and Williams College. She was certified by the Vermont Board of Education and taught in a rural public high school in northern Vermont. She is a graduate of Williams College and holds a master’s degree from Stanford University. Dean Rapelye is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors as well as a member of the College Board.

James Nondorf

James Nondorf
Vice President for Enrollment and Student Advancement
University of Chicago

James G. Nondorf is the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Advancement and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Chicago. At UChicago, Jim oversees College Admissions, Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Office of Career Advancement. He has also served as chair of the SAT Committee and been an adviser for the College Board. Prior to his tenure at UChicago, he served as Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Director of Student Outreach and Associate Director of Admissions at Yale University.

Jim earned a BA in economics from Yale University and an MLA in ethics from Valparaiso University.

Featured Speakers 

Andrew Leale

Andrew Leale

Director of Admissions & Marketing,
Tonbridge School (UK)

Andy Taylor

Andy Taylor

Principal, 
Maru-a-Pula (Botswana)

 

Anjana Ahuja, PhD

Anjana Ahuja, PhD

Freelance Science Writer and Events Chair,
The Times (UK)

Berry Bock

Berry Bock

Director Central Services,
Montessori School Amsterdam
(The Netherlands)

Beth Shotton

Beth Shotton

Director of International Admissions,
University of St Andrews (UK)

Caitriona Redding

Caitriona Redding

Director of International Admissions,
Oundle School (UK)

Carla Millar, PhD

Carla Millar, PhD

Professor of International Marketing & Management
University of Twente (The Netherlands)

Catherine Raw

Catherine Raw

Principal,
Westville Girls’ High School (South Africa)

Charlie Jenkinson

Charlie Jenkinson

Head of Sixth Form,
Haileybury College (UK)

Chemeli Kipkorir

Chemeli Kipkorir

Guidance Counselor,
African Leadership Academy (South Africa)

Christopher Watson

Christopher Watson

Assistant Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Admission,
Northwestern University (USA)

Chuck Ng

Chuck Ng

Partner,
PreAngel Partners (China)

Craig Blewett

Craig Blewett

Education Technology Consultant, Speaker, Researcher & Author, 
University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)

Cyrus Motanya

Cyrus Motanya

Harvard Graduate (USA)

Daniel Traça

Daniel Traça

Dean and Professor,
NOVA School of Business and Economics (Portugal)

Deren Finks

Deren Finks

Dean of College Counseling,
Cranbrook Schools (USA)

Douglas Christiansen, PhD

Douglas Christiansen, PhD

Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid,
Vanderbilt University (USA)

Dr. Helen Wright, PhD

Dr. Helen Wright, PhD

Non-Executive Director and International Education Advisor,
Global Thought Leadership(UK)

Dr. Sumer Singh, PhD

Dr. Sumer Singh, PhD

Independent Education Consultant, Education Salad
& Former Head, Daly College, Indore (India)

Elisa van de Bunt, PhD

Elisa van de Bunt, PhD

Professor of Management and Organization,
 Vrije Universiteit (The Netherlands)

Elizabeth Morrison

Elizabeth Morrison

Educator, Boston Public Schools (USA)
& Founder, Project Decathlon (USA)

Fangxian Zheng

Fangxian Zheng

President,
Shanghai Municipal Educational Examinations Authority (China)

Flavia Vidal

Flavia Vidal

Instructor in English, Director of the Brace Center for Gender Studies, and Director of the Brazil PLACES Programme,
Philips Academy (USA)

Gail Berson

Gail Berson

Vice President for Enrollment, Dean of Admission & Financial Aid,
Mount Holyoke College (USA) 

Ginny Maddux

Ginny Maddux

Director of College Couseling,
Montgomery Bell Academy (USA)

Han Guo

Han Guo

Principal,
Beijing 101 High School (China)

Hector Martinez

Hector Martinez

Director of College Guidance,
The Webb Schools (USA)

Innes van Nostrand

Innes van Nostrand

Principal,
Appleby College (Canada)

Isthier Chaudhury

Isthier Chaudhury

Assistant Director of International Admissions,
University of Rochester (USA)

James Day

James Day

Director of Music (Pimlico Musical Foundation), Director (Tiffin Boys' Choir), Music Director (Fulham Camerata),
Tiffin School (UK)

James Montoya

James Montoya

Chief of Membership, Governance, and Global Higher Education and Secretary,
College Board (USA)

Jamie Chan

Jamie Chan

Upper School Dean,
Harvard-Westlake School (USA)

Jean Rutherford Wall

Jean Rutherford Wall

Director of College Counseling,
Tampa Prepatory School (USA)

Jeff Brenzel, PhD

Jeff Brenzel, PhD

Research Associate, Office of the President
Lecturer, Humanities Program
Yale University (USA)

Jian Wu

Jian Wu

Principal & Party Secretary,
High School Affiliated to Fudan University (China)

John Mahon, PhD

John Mahon, PhD

Chair of International Business Policy & Strategy,
University of Maine (USA)

John O. Gaines

John O. Gaines

Director of Undergraduate Admissions,
Vanderbilt University (USA)

Juncheng Wang

Juncheng Wang

Principal & Secretary,
Beijing No.8 High School (China)

Kedra Ishop, PhD

Kedra Ishop, PhD

First vice provost for enrollment management, 
University of Michigan (USA)

Kelly Walter

Kelly Walter

Associate Vice President & Executive Director of Admissions,
Boston University (USA)

Liz Gray

Liz Gray

Leadership, Expedition and Service Program Consultant (UK)

Marrianne Smith

Marrianne Smith

Housemistress and Head of Personal, Social, and Health Education, 
Oundle School (UK)

Matej Sapak

Matej Sapak

Principal,
LEAF Academy (Slovakia)

Megan Harlan

Megan Harlan

Director of College Counseling, 
Groton School (USA)

Michele Butler

Michele Butler

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions,
University of California, Berkeley (USA)

Michelle Philips

Michelle Philips

Head of Middle School,
Geelong Grammar School (Australia)

Nanci Tessier

Nanci Tessier

Vice Provost for Enrollment Management,
Boston College (USA)

Nishad Das

Nishad Das

Director of Global Education,
Groton School (USA)

Paul Havern

Paul Havern

Assistant Director of Admissions, 
The Cooper Union (USA)

Peter Merrill, PhD

Peter Merrill, PhD

Head of the Division of World Languages,
Phillips Academy (USA)

Ralph Allwood, PhD

Ralph Allwood, PhD

Director of Music,
Shanghai YK Pao School-Choral Course (China)

Randall C. Deike, PhD

Randall C. Deike, PhD

Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Success,
Drexel University (USA)

Rob McGuiness

Rob McGuiness

Assistant Head of School, Global Education
Appleby College (Canada)

Robert Lay

Robert Lay

Dean for Enrollment Management,
Boston College (USA)

Ruihua Dai

Ruihua Dai

Training Center Director,
Ministry of Education Principals (China)

Sara Mierke

Sara Mierke

Program Director for Global Programs,
African Leadership Academy (South Africa)

Sergio Lucas Quiroga Martinez

Sergio Lucas Quiroga Martinez

Mad Science (China)

Siddharth Singh

Siddharth Singh

Director,
The Emerald Heights International School (India)

Stephen Meek

Stephen Meek

Principal, 
Geelong Grammar School (Australia)

Sunshik Min, PhD

Sunshik Min, PhD

Principal,
Korea International School (South Korea)

Sylvia van de Bunt Kokhuis, PhD

Sylvia van de Bunt Kokhuis, PhD

Co-director of Servant-Leadership Centre for Research and Education,
Vrije Universiteit (The Netherlands)

Tara Bubble

Tara Bubble

Deputy Director of Undergraduate Admissions, 
Cornell University (USA)

Taylor Stockdale

Taylor Stockdale

Head of Schools,
The Webb Schools (USA)

Temba Maqubela

Temba Maqubela

Headmaster,
Groton School (USA)

Tony Little

Tony Little

Former Headmaster, Eton College (UK)
Chairman, WLSA Executive Board

Trevor Hall

Trevor Hall

Headmaster,
Westville Boys' High School (South Africa)

William Nicholas

William Nicholas

Second Master,
Marlborough College (UK)

WLSA Student Council

WLSA Student Council

Yu Zhang

Yu Zhang

International Recruitment Coordinator,
University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (China)

Participating Institutions

 

  • Activated Academy 

  • African Leadership Academy

  • Al Mawakeb School - Al Barsha

  • Appleby College

  • Bard College

  • Beijing 101

  • Boston College 

  • Boston University

  • The Brearley School

  • The College Board

  • The Cooper Union 

  • Cornell University 

  • Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School 

  • Denison University

  • Due West Education 

  • Duolingo

  • Drexel University

  • Education Salad 

  • The Emerald Heights International School 

  • Eton College 

  • Geelong Grammar School 

  • Global Thought Leadership 

  • Groton School 

  • Haileybury College 

  • Harvard-Westlake

  • Korea International School

  • LEAF Academy 

  • Marlborough College 

  • Maru-a-Pula School

  • Montgomery Bell Academy 

  • Mount Holyoke College

  • Northwestern University 

  • NYU Shanghai 

  • Oakham School 

  • Oundle School 

  • Phillips Academy

  • Poly Prep Country Day School 

  • Primary School Chandpur Harvansh 

  • Princeton University 

  • Project Decathlon 

  • Rhodes University

  • Sekolah Bogor Raya 

  • Sekolah Global Indo-Asia

  • St Alban's College 

  • Tampa Preperatory School

  • University of California, Berkeley 

  • University of Chicago

  • University of Ibadan

  • University of Maine

  • University of Rochester 

  • University of South Carolina

  • University of Twente

  • Vanderbilt University 

  • Vasant Valley School

  • VDB Consulting 

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 

  • The Webb Schools

  • Westville Boys' High School

  • Westville Girls' High School 

  • Xiamen University

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