Award Winners

Each year at the Annual Meeting, outstanding admission professionals are recognized by the organization for their leadership, commitment and contributions. The winners of the Bretnall, Gourley and Hull Maynard Presidential awards are listed chronologically.

William B. Bretnall Award

The Bretnall Award, named for distinguished educator and first association program director William Bretnall, is given each year to a leader and educator who has made significant contributions to the field of admission.

  • 1982 John Eidam
  • 1983 Sanford Roeser
  • 1984 Joshua L. Miner
  • 1985 John C. Boyden
  • 1986 Paul Sanderson
  • 1987 John Q.A. Doolittle
  • 1988 Georgia K. Irvin
  • 1989 Thomas E. Wilcox
  • 1990 John C. Esty
  • 1991 Wanda C. Hill
  • 1992 William Oates
  • 1993 Fontaine Y. Draper
  • 1994 Frederick H. Wandelt, III
  • 1995 Donald Saluta
  • 1996 Maud Chang
  • 1997 Frank Stephenson
  • 1998 Judith S. Beams
  • 1999 Mary Louise Leipheimer
  • 2000 Don Smith
  • 2002 Lanier Watson
  • 2003 Neville Lake
  • 2004 Stephen Blanchard
  • 2005 Faith Howland
  • 2006 Rochelle M. Dorfler
  • 2007 Steve Ruzicka
  • 2008 A. Randol “Randie” Benedict
  • 2009 Francis M. Ryan
  • 2010 Tom Sheppard
  • 2011 Christine H. Baker
  • 2012 Lynne Palmer
  • 2013 Diane Dunning
  • 2014 Ray Diffley
  • 2015 Tommy Adams
  • 2016 Peter Gilbert
  • 2017 MacGregor Robinson 
  • 2018 Dennis Facciolo

Everett E. Gourley Award

The Gourley Award, named for former Director of Admission and Assistant Headmaster of the Asheville School Everett Gourley, is given each year to the educator whose interest in students and concern for colleagues is an inspiration to those who serve in admission.

  • 1991 Everett E. Gourley
  • 1992 Charles W. Sikoryak
  • 1993 Allan and Janet Hilton
  • 1994 Eleanor Macneale Elkinton
  • 1995 John Harrington
  • 1996 Virginia M. DeVeer
  • 1997 Barbara Priscus
  • 1998 Steven C. White
  • 1999 Robert G. Bullard, Jr.
  • 2000 Paul R. Mahoney
  • 2002 Monique DeVane
  • 2003 Ronald Sobel
  • 2004 Lilia N. Carey
  • 2005 Mary Will Thomas
  • 2006 Leo G. Marshall
  • 2007 Catherine Washburn
  • 2008 Claude Anderson
  • 2009 Melanie Williams
  • 2010 Peter Bordonaro
  • 2011 Marjorie Mitchell
  • 2012 Sandra Timmons
  • 2013 Christopher R. Tompkins
  • 2014 Betsy Hata
  • 2015 Reveta Bowers
  • 2016 Kathy Mitchell O'Neal
  • 2017 Camille Bertram 
  • 2018 David Baker

Hull Maynard Presidential Award

The Hull Maynard Presidential Award is given, when warranted, in recognition of a professional who has given extraordinarily to the Association. Hull Maynard was the Director of Admission at Loomis School in Connecticut. In the 1950s, he was one of the founding fathers and first Executive Secretary of this fledgling organization.

  • 1997 Gardner Dunnan
  • 1999 Alice Jackson
  • 2003 Edward Young
  • 2009 Thomas Southworth

Institutes & Workshops

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Admission Training Institute (ATI)

The Annual Pre-Conference Program for Newcomers to Admission

September 10 & 11, 2019

The goal of the Admission Training Institute (ATI) is to equip those new to admission (0-3 years), regardless of position, with a thorough introduction to independent school admission and an overview of practical information and useful techniques.

A combination of large- and small-group learning formats, general sessions and workshops ensures open lines of communication between and among attendees and our seasoned faculty.

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Admission Directors Institute (ADI)

Explore Your Leadership

September 10 & 11, 2019

The goal of the Admission Directors Institute (ADI) is to equip new admission directors (0-3 years), who have prior admission experience, with information and perspectives that will help inform their thinking and planning in addressing their school’s enrollment challenges.  

The program is built on four cornerstones:
• Enrollment Leadership
• Business of Enrollment
• Enrollment Management for New and Returning    Families
• Data-Driven Enrollment Management

A variety of formats are utilized—from expert instruction to group discussion time to individual reflection. Seasoned admission directors serve as program advisors and mentor participants throughout the program.

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Path to Headship Workshop

September 11, 2019

Do you have the resources, knowledge and experience you need to advance into Headship? Join John Farber, Search Consultant with RG175, in a half day workshop as he begins to prepare you for this journey.

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Financial Aid Workshop

September 11, 2019

For most independent schools, financial aid is the second biggest line item on their budget which is why we developed a workshop to hep you succeed. Join us for a day to learn tools and resources to make sound financial decisions.

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Institutes & Workshops

Enhance your learning with a one or two day pre-conference program.

Admission Training Institute (ATI)

The Annual Pre-Conference Program for Newcomers to Admission

September 10 & 11, 2019

The goal of the Admission Training Institute (ATI) is to equip those new to admission (0-3 years), regardless of position, with a thorough introduction to independent school admission and an overview of practical information and useful techniques.

A combination of large- and small-group learning formats, general sessions and workshops ensures open lines of communication between and among attendees and our seasoned faculty.

Read the faculty bios below.

Register Now

Admission Directors Institute (ADI)

Explore Your Leadership

September 10 & 11, 2019

The goal of the Admission Directors Institute (ADI) is to equip new admission directors (0-3 years), who have prior admission experience, with information and perspectives that will help inform their thinking and planning in addressing their school’s enrollment challenges.  

The program is built on four cornerstones:
• Enrollment Leadership
• Business of Enrollment
• Enrollment Management for New and Returning    Families
• Data-Driven Enrollment Management

A variety of formats are utilized—from expert instruction to group discussion time to individual reflection. Seasoned admission directors serve as program advisors and mentor participants throughout the program.

See the advisors below.

Register Now

Path to Headship Workshop

September 11, 2019

Do you have the resources, knowledge and experience you need to advance into Headship? Join John Farber, Search Consultant with RG175, in a half day workshop as he begins to prepare you for this journey.

Register Now

Financial Aid Workshop

September 11, 2019

For most independent schools, financial aid is the second biggest line item on their budget which is why we developed a workshop to hep you succeed. Join us for a day to learn tools and resources to make sound financial decisions.

Register Now