ALP: The Admissions Leadership Podcast

ALP: The Admissions Leadership Podcast

Ken Anselment hosts a series of one-on-one conversations with people who have been climbing the leadership mountain in the world of college admissions. Some are nearing the summit. Some are already there. But how did they get there? And what can other climbers learn from their mindsets, habits, and experiences?... Show More

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March 26, 2020 63 min

Ken chats with Mary Beth Petrie, Dean of Admissions at Lawrence University (who works just two doors down from Ken). Beth reminds Ken what snowstorms can teach admissions folks about coping with pandemics, how to keep a team healthy in the midst of chaos, and, in an unusual twist, switches the typical ending of the ALP, much to Ken's surprise.

Many thanks to Rick Bailey and Sam Waterson of RHB for sharing their advice during th...

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    March 20, 2020 45 min

    Ken chats with Tony Sarda, Director of Recruitment for Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Some are called to serve with a whisper, others with a boom of thunder... in the case of Tony, it was both. Learn about the importance of being open to grace, and giving grace... and why it's really hard to be whay you cannot see. 

    Rapid Descent

  • Walkout song: Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood by Santa Esmeralda (from the best scene in Kill...
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    February 18, 2020 59 min

    Ken chats with Jon Boeckenstedt, vice provost for enrollment at Oregon State University, and the mind behind Higher Ed Data Stories, a treasure trove of data-driven (and data-visualized) observations about the state of higher ed. Jon shares some views about his recent career move as well as surprises about his reading and writing habits, as well as the unusual upside of the imposter syndrome.

    Shout-outs & Links

  • A couple of other ...
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    February 6, 2020 57 min

    Ken learns why "leadership is motion" with Carmen Lopez, Executive Director of College Horizons, a national educational non-profit serving American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hawaiian Native students in their transition to college and graduate school.

    Shout-outs & Links

  • Claudio Sanchez's NPR story on College Horizons recorded at Lawrence University: How Native Students Can Succeed in College: "Be As Tough As the ...
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    January 24, 2020 55 min

    Ken chats with Akil Bello, founder of Bell Curves, who shares his views on higher ed and some news about a new professional adventure that fits perfectly with his leadership in matters around standardized testing. (And if you haven't read his writings on his website, Bellowings, you should give it a go.)

    Shout-outs & Links

  • Akil's presentation on entrepreneurship at the Harlem Business Alliance.
  • An investigative report on w...
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    November 7, 2019 2 min

    With 10 episodes in the books, we've come to the end of season one.

    (There will be a season two... coming soon.)

    There are many more guests lined up for next season, but if you have suggestions of folks you'd love to hear on the podcast, let me know via email or Twitter.

    In the meantime, if you're looking for walkout songs, you'll find the Admissions Leadership Playlist on Apple Music and Spotify. And if you're loo...


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    October 31, 2019 51 min

    Ken chats with Emmi Harward, Executive Director at the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS). Together they explore alternate universes (including one where Emmi is a Supreme Court justice/former U.S. President) as well as a pro tip for getting the first win of the day before you even get out of bed.

    Shout-outs & Links

  • Terry Cowdrey, who hired Emmi into her first admissions gig at Vanderbilt. 
  • Marie Bigh...
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    October 24, 2019 44 min

    Ken chats with Liz Cheron, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Northeastern University, and former chair of NACAC's Admission Practices Committee. Liz shares a ton of great insights, including integrating design thinking into work, mastery of 24-hour trips to the West Coast and back, and why "admissions leadership and motherhood are not mutually exclusive."

    Also, there is a r...


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    October 17, 2019 39 min

    Ken chats with Cornell LeSane, Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admissions at Allegheny College (Meadville, PA), and newly elected NACAC board director. We learn what a higher ed, a croquet match, and Downton Abbey have to do with each other, and also why you never turn around in racquetball.

    Shout-outs & Links

  • Nancy Beane and Ellen Deitrich, who "voluntold" Cornell to run for NACAC board.  
  • Mike Steidel, Dean o...



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    October 10, 2019 49 min

    Ken chats with Heath Einstein, Dean of Admission at TCU about his circuitous journey to his current role, and learns the power of working as hard in your personal life as you do in your work life.

    Shout-outs & Links

  • Former George Washington U colleagues Rhonda Leshman and Rafi Blumenthal.  
  • Jan Goldstein, formerly of Solomon Schechter in Long Island who referred him to his first counseling gig at Solomon Schechter in Westchester.
  • C...
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    October 3, 2019 36 min

    Ken chats with Suzanne Lepley, Interim Dean of Admission at Kalamazoo College, and learns the power of positivity and sweating out stress, as well as what cookies have to do with good interview questions.

    Shout-outs & Links

  • Colleges That Change Lives—"Any group that works in higher ed together has more power than any individual institution for the betterment of higher education."
  • Jeff Rickey, former enrollment chief at Ear...
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    September 26, 2019 3 min

    Ken's all by himself at the ALP studio, getting ready for the NACAC conference... as well as what comes after the big vote at the conference.

    We'll have new episodes again after the conference, but for now, you can enjoy a few additions to the ALP media empire (he says ironically):

    ALP: The Admissions Leadership Playlist
    Walkout songs of all ALP guests are available on Apple Music and Spotify playlists.

    Also, you can find a lis...

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    September 19, 2019 28 min

    Ken chats with Todd Rinehart, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment at the University of Denver, former chair of NACAC's Admission Practices Committee, and candidate for NACAC president.

    Shout-outs & Links

  • Roger Campbell—Admission Dean Emeritus at University of Denver, and one of Todd's mentors. (passed away in 2009)
  • Tom Willoughby—Vice Chancellor Emeritus at University of Denver and Todd's longtime colleague
  • Nancy Beane—Assoc...
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    September 12, 2019 44 min

    Ken chats with Marie Bigham, founder and co-leader at ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today, and one of the masterminds behind Hack the Gates, whose goal is to "Radically Reimagine Admissions." Learn about the power of learning, listening, enjoying the ride—and also how Pearl Jam, Prince, Self-Care Sundays, and carrying a file folder confidently can make all the difference.

    Shout-outs

  • Nanette Tarbo...
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    September 5, 2019 39 min

    Ken chats with Rick Clark (Twitter, LinkedIn), Director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech and the voice behind the Georgia Tech Admission Blog. Learn about the power of a midnight run, what an English Premiere League soccer player has to do with a rising admission staffer, and where he and his team get their best ideas for staff engagement and renewal.

    Links and lists

  • The Truth About College Admission by Rick Clark and Brenn...

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    August 29, 2019 40 min

    Ken chats with Jennielle Strother (Twitter, LinkedIn), VP for Enrollment Management and Chief Enrollment Officer at Concordia University Texas. Learn the origin story of #EMchat, which she co-founded with Alex Williams, as well as the way she approaches her daily work... and why "pressure is a privilege."

    Links and lists

  • "Pressure is a privilege" (Pep Guardiola) which Jennielle heard while watching All or Nothing—Manc...


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    August 22, 2019 27 min

    Ken chats with Angel Pérez, VP for Enrollment and Student Success at Trinity College (CT). This interview took place just a couple of days after Angel published his article, What Is a Chief Enrollment Officer? which gave them a perfect launching point for the conversation.

    Other links and lists:

  • Angel's 2009 John B. Muir Award-winning article: Struggling Between Two Worlds: How College Affects Identity Construction (NACAC Journal...
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    August 18, 2019 1 min

    Host Ken Anselment previews the ALP, a series of one-on-one conversations with college admissions leaders about their journeys. Some are nearing the summit. Some are already there. But how did they get there? And what can other climbers learn from their mindsets, habits, and experiences?

    Theme music arranged by Ryan Anselment

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