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College Hires Admissions Consultant

Kristen Pett YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – July 22, 2010 – Kristen Louise Pett '90, who previously served on the Alumni Board of Directors and was formerly the assistant director of admissions and financial aid at the College, has returned to Yellow Springs as a consultant advising the college on admissions.

Pett will work with the College to bring in the first class for the fall of 2011. Her arrival at the College comes as it continues to refine its application to the regional accrediting body and in anticipation of the publication of its new catalog.

“The powerful combination of classroom learning, with an emphasis on cooperative education, community, and responsible citizenship are values I want to share with prospective students,” Pett said. “My experience as a high school college counselor has provided me a unique perspective on approaches to the admissions process. It allows me to be an empathetic guide to students and families in this very exciting and sometimes stressful time in their lives.”

Since 2001, Pett has been an associate director of college counseling at Milken Community High School, a pluralistic Jewish day school in Los Angeles. At Milken, Pett helped to increase the number and range of college visits to Milken; planned college programming for students and parents, financial aid workshops, and college admission representative visits; and developed and maintained internal and external college counseling publications, including the college counseling website, school profile and secondary school report, among other duties.

As an active member of the Alumni Board, Pett participated in the successful effort by alumni leadership to save and reopen Antioch College. She directed a core group of volunteers and wrote a detailed five-year plan for admissions as part of an overall strategic plan to reopen the college. Pett also advised the Board Pro Tem on matters relating to admissions and recruitment of undergraduate students, and she liaised and maintained relationships with the professional college admission counseling community, including Colleges That Change Lives.

She was an assistant director of admissions and financial aid at Antioch College for a two-year period beginning in 1999 and an admissions and financial aid counselor for three years beginning in 1996.

Pett earned a Bachelor of Arts in visual arts at Antioch College; completed the intensive Summer Institute on College Admissions, a program sponsored jointly by Harvard University and The College Board; and completed her master’s work in education at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.