It is with great excitement that I announce the appointment of Amy Furlong as our new Director of Enrollment. As many of you know, this is a newly created position that is part of a restructuring of our admissions, financial aid, and retention operations. Reporting to the Headmaster and working closely with senior administration, faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees, and current and prospective families, Amy will guide the strategic vision and planning for Gilman’s efforts to attract, enroll, and retain the boys that make our student body second to none.
This announcement concludes a search that has been a year in the making. Last winter, we began re-imagining the structure of our admissions and financial aid offices. The result of these sessions was the creation of an expanded and more clearly delineated organizational structure led by a new Director of Enrollment. Under the new structure, Amy will oversee the admissions offices in each of the three divisions, as well as the office of financial aid. Additionally, she will work closely with the division heads and others to coordinate retention and re-enrollment.
Recognizing the significance of this hire, Gilman retained The Finney Search Group, a Baltimore-based, national search and consulting firm, to guide the process. All applications for the job went through The Finney Group who, after vetting and interviews, put together and presented to us a
narrowed-down and very strong slate of candidates to pursue further.
Three candidates, including Amy, visited campus and spent a day
meeting with a range of people involved in admissions and enrollment.
Amy emerged from the process as the overwhelming favorite.
Although Amy has been at Gilman since 2011, I do not want to take for granted that everyone knows her background and experience, which are extensive and impressive. A graduate of St. Paul’s School for Girls and the University of Richmond, she began her independent school professional career in 1991 at McDonogh School, first in development and then as Associate Director of Admissions, overseeing admissions in the Lower School. In 2007, St. Paul’s School hired Amy to be Director of Admissions,
a position she held until, after a brief stint out of the workforce, John Schmick lured her to Gilman. It was a good move. Since her arrival here, Amy has coordinated our outreach efforts, working with the admissions staffs in all three divisions.
This school year, Amy has served as the Director of Admissions and Outreach for the whole school. In all of these positions and at all stops, Amy has demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and competence which, when combined with her engaging personality, have allowed her to be a very effective admissions officer. All of the people who have worked with Amy sing her praises, and former colleagues wish that they could have her back. One school head put it best when he remarked that Amy set the bar for admissions work and that no one else he has worked with before or since has reached that bar. Indeed, Amy’s deep experience in admissions, ability to think strategically, tremendous work ethic, attention to detail, collaborative spirit, and knowledge of the Baltimore admissions landscape distinguished her candidacy and make her a perfect fit for this new role.