Instead of going undercover, I’m helping undergraduates.
My bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Linguistics, including some unusual language studies, pointed me toward a career in the CIA. Unlucky for me, a presidential hiring freeze for the “company” brought that journey to an end. My experience as an admissions tour guide inspired me to complete a less-than-covert master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. This experience, plus another graduate degree in Counseling and Personnel, prepared me for government service of another kind.
In my 25 years in higher education, I’ve never worked at a school where so many students were determined to succeed. The bright and talented students at Binghamton create an intellectual climate where learning becomes infectious. Successful alumni from Binghamton tell me that the experiences and opportunities they seized upon here helped shape their lives, friendships and career paths.
I’ve been the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions since 2001, and there’s never a dull moment. Every day here is different and rewarding, whether meeting with or presenting to students and their families, traveling to visit high schools, community colleges and college fairs across the nation or coordinating the dedicated alumni volunteers who help us to recruit new students. I do still manage to find some spare time to cook award-winning chili, watch movies (especially IMAX) and pursue my love of historical aviation.