Steve Syverson, AICEP’s newly elected Secretary/Treasurer, graduated from Pomona College, and worked in Admissions at Pomona (1978-1983), culminating as the Director. For 28 years until 2011 he served as the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Lawrence University, substantially increasing the proportion of students of color and international students. He has designed and programmed admissions and financial aid computer systems for Pomona, Claremont McKenna, and Lawrence. In 2016, after a short stint as a retiree, in southern California, he accepted an appointment as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management at the University of Washington-Bothell.
Active in professional organizations, Steve has variously served on the NACAC Board of Directors (2011-2014), as NACAC Vice President for Admission Practices (1988-91), and on the NACAC Commission on the Use of Standardized Testing in Undergraduate Admissions which issued its highly influential report in 2008. He also served as President of Wisconsin ACAC and on the ACT Executive Council of Wisconsin.
A frequent author and speaker on admissions and financial aid topics, Steve co-authored Defining Access, the largest national study of the impact of Test-Optional Admissions on students and colleges. He has also has been a long-time member of the advisory board of Cappex.com and re-joins the AICEP Commission after serving as it’s part-time Executive Director in 2015-16.
Welcome New Commissioners
Beginning at the annual meeting on June 7th, these new Commissioners will serve a 3-year term. Join us in welcoming:
Dr. Erin Avery, CEP, holds a BA from Boston College, Masters degrees from Oxford and Yale Universities, and a doctorate from Drew University. She founded Avery Educational Resources in 2003 where she and her team advise, inform, guide and encourage students and their families to identify Best Fit Decisions™️. She is a professional member of IECA and a member of The Enrollment Management Association and NACAC and NJACAC. She teaches online for UC Irvine’s Continuing Education Certificate Program in Educational Consulting and is the recipient of the UC Irvine Certificate Program Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Avery volunteers in Asbury Park, NJ at Sisters Academy, a middle school for disenfranchised girls and was awarded the prestigious Mercy Award in 2018.
Sandy Furth, CEP, was a teacher for over twenty years, including thirteen at private international schools in Malaysia, Japan and England, before she founded World Student Support (www.worldstudentsupport.com), an international educational consulting business helping families identify appropriate schools and programs that meet the specific needs of their student, be it internationally or in the United States. Sandy visits countless programs- universities and specialized programs; many in Europe and Asia.
Sandy has her Bachelor’s Degree from University of New Mexico, Master’s Degree from University of Utah, teaching certificate from University of Colorado, and a College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. Sandy has worked on many volunteer forums, including the UT Tyler Justice League, board member of a twice -exceptional school in Colorado (including opening of a school in Boulder, Co). In her spare time, Sandy travels extensively, hikes in a variety of places, and spends time with family.
Jake Weld, M. Ed., is the Director of Admissions and Business Development for Mansfield Hall, a specialized college support program located in Burlington, VT, Madison, WI, and Eugene, OR. Jake has over twenty years of experience in various educational organizations and has served as the executive director of a residential therapeutic school, the assistant headmaster of a specialized LD boarding school, and as the academic and program director of various schools and programs. Additionally, Jake was a founding board member of the Therapeutic Consulting Association (TCA). When not at work in the field of education, Jake can be found pursuing peaceful relaxation by working on his sailboat, thrashing about with a fly rod or a golf club, or traveling in pursuit of such opportunities - all of which are best enjoyed with friends and family.