Meet Danny Easley

Danny Easley
Director of College Counseling
Kentucky Country Day School

What drew you to college counseling?
I worked for eight years as an admission counselor before switching to the high school side. I loved my time in admission, but as I grew in the profession, I found myself getting further away from the part of the job I enjoyed the most -- interacting with students on a daily basis. College counseling has allowed me to be around high school students every day. I love getting to know each student and their family and working with them to find a good college fit. Being surrounded by young people all day, every day is a lot of fun.

What is your favorite part of the job?
I love working in an educational setting. I feel fortunate to come to work and be surrounded by coworkers who are dedicated, smart, funny, and caring. I am able to interact with young people who are full of energy, optimism, and curiosity. Too often I feel like portions of our society don’t value intellectualism, inclusion, and compassion, so I am lucky to work in an environment that does value those ideals each day.

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
NACAC has allowed me to grow a great deal in the admission and college counseling profession. I have had the opportunity to make a lot of great friends through NACAC that I keep in contact with and reach out to for advice often. I have been fortunate to serve on several different NACAC and Kentucky ACAC committees (Presidents Council, Government Relations, National College Fairs, etc.). Those opportunities have helped to broaden my knowledge base.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
Where to begin? There are a lot of challenges facing college admission and education in general right now. I am glad you didn’t ask for me to also provide solutions.

I think many of the issues we face today come from the “corporatization” of college admission and higher education. Challenges such as lack of accessibility, debilitating student loan debt, and admission and standardized testing cheating scandals stem from higher education shifting its focus to making money rather than developing critical thinking skills, fostering social responsibility, and preparing individuals to deal with diversity and change. Institutions of higher learning don’t serve their true purpose when they are run like a business.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I enjoy camping with my family, reading, playing golf, and going to concerts. Since my two oldest kids just entered middle school, my newest hobby is embarrassing them whenever possible.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Every day I aspire to be Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights. Although I love Coach Eric Taylor too, Tami Taylor gives the best parenting and counseling advice. I often find myself in situations as a parent or college counselor asking, “What would Tami Taylor do?” Everyone should live their life by that mantra.

Describe yourself in five words.
Devoted, hopeful, thorough, prematurely gray

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