F. Sheppard Shanley
Senior Associate Director of Admission
Northwestern University (IL)
How did you become the senior associate director of admission at Northwestern University?
I met the director of admission at Northwestern when he came to meet students at the high school where I was teaching history. I contacted him a year later about opportunities in higher education, not just admission jobs. He got back to me and said that the Northwestern admission office was adding positions, and he would like to talk to me. We talked, he offered me a job. I took it and have stayed here ever since.
What made you decide to get into this field?
I like both schools and universities and the people who are in both. Beyond that, admission work lets you help the college/university remain strong by having a steady stream of talented and diverse students enroll. We also help students who are gaining momentum as they move ahead in becoming smarter and more connected with others and the world. We help both institutions and students move ahead.
What is your favorite part of the job?
Hard to name only one part of what we do. The work I just described brings a great reward, and the people I have worked with at Northwestern and in the schools and in the many organizations I have been a part of have become wonderful colleagues and friends.
How has NACAC played a role in your career?
NACAC keeps us all aware of the larger issues in admission and higher education and provides a way to maintain and grow a professional network.
You’ve been a supporter of the Imagine Fund. Why do you choose to give to NACAC?
NACAC supports both college counselors and admission officers in what they do. I am glad to help NACAC do that.
When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I like to sing in choral groups and did for many years both at Northwestern and beyond, including the Chicago Symphony Chorus.
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