Amherst admission deans are involved in all aspects of the college admission process, from conducting information sessions for prospective applicants and families, to traveling afar to meet with high school students and counselors across the nation and the world, to reading applications and participating in admission committee to make those difficult final decisions. The admission deans work closely with an amazing and talented operations staff who keep track of every document, every phone call, and every email and generally keep things running smoothly in our office!

The information below is intended to help you get to know our admission deans on a more personal level, but please be aware that Amherst does not track demonstrated interest for applicants, so there is no reason to get in touch with a particular dean. If you do have a question or need to get in touch with our office, please email us at admission@amherst.edu or call us at 413-542-2328. Our staff will then direct your question to the dean who can best answer it.

Matthew L. McGann

Matthew L. McGann

Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Wilson Admissions

Favorite Spot on Campus: Valentine Dining Hall
Favorite Food: Hand-pulled noodles
Hobbies/Activities: Games & puzzles, cycling
Pronouns: he/him/his

Cate Granger Zolkos

Cate Granger Zolkos

Dean of Admission

Wilson Admissions

Favorite Spot on Campus: Anywhere in the Science Center
Favorite Quote:
 "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" -Mary Oliver
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dale R. Hendricks

Dale R. Hendricks

Director of Admission & Financial Aid Systems & Strategies

Wilson Admissions

Favorite Quote: "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." -James Baldwin
Favorite Book: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Hobbies/Activities: Running, hiking Mt.Tom, spending time with the kiddos
Pronouns: he/him/his

Alexandra S. Hurd

Alexandra S. Hurd

Associate Dean of Admission

Wilson Admissions

Favorite Thing About Amherst: Amherst is a place that encourages deep thought and connection not only between ideas and concepts but also between people and communities.
Favorite Place to Travel: Our Adirondack cabin (affectionately referred to as "camp") which has been in our family for about 100 years.
Fun Fact: I've seen my favorite band in concert 150 times (and counting)!
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Frances E. Tuleja

Frances E. Tuleja

Associate Dean of Admission/Coordinator of Admission Communications

Wilson Admissions

Favorite Thing About Amherst: The students! Amherst students are bright and engaged, so any conversation with an Amherst student is sure to be interesting and can easily move in unexpected and exciting directions!
Favorite Spot on Campus: Memorial Hill. The view overlooking the playing fields and the mountain range is always beautiful, but ever different, as it changes with the weather and the seasons. When I'm walking across campus, I always stop for a moment to enjoy the scenery and to appreciate how lucky I am to work in a place of such natural beauty.
Favorite Thing About Admission Work: Meeting terrific high school students from all different kinds of places, families and experiences, and helping them discover the college opportunities available to them.
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Mandy Hart

Mandy Hart

Assoc Dean of Admission/Coordinator of Diversity Outreach

Wilson Admissions

Favorite Thing About Amherst: That students bring perspectives, values, and experiences that are so different from each other, and the respect with which they engage with those differences.
Favorite Food: Eggs are an eggcelent choice any time of day, any type of way.
Fun Fact: I've traveled to 49 US states.
Pronouns: she/her/hers 

Michael T. Hawkins

Michael T. Hawkins

Associate Dean of Admission

Wilson Admissions

Favorite Spot on Campus: First and foremost, the Wilson Center -- then Valentine Hall, Frost Library, LeFrak Gymnasium as close seconds!
Favorite Thing About Amherst: COMMUNITY!
Pronouns: he/him/his

Will Cummins

Will Cummins

Associate Dean of Admission

Wilson Admissions

Favorite Spot on Campus: The War Memorial
Favorite Place to Travel: Madrid, Spain. The city is vibrant, the art museums are incredible, the people are friendly, and the food is superb.
Fun Fact: I'm a twin!

Xiaofeng Wan

Xiaofeng Wan

Assoc Dean of Admission & Coord of International Recruitment

Wilson Admissions

Favorite Spot on Campus: The new Science Center
Favorite Thing About Amherst: The seasonal festivals (City Streets, Farm Festival, Fall Festival and Winter Festival )
Fun Fact: I am originally from Qingdao, a beautiful coastal city in East China’s Shandong Province. Before coming to the United States in 2011, I was a national radio broadcaster and journalist in Beijing.
Pronouns: he/him/his

Favorite Spot on Campus: The first-year quad
Favorite Food: Crab legs with garlic butter – but I would never say no to a gluten-free donut from Glazed
Hobbies/Activities: Writing, crafting, gaming
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Favorite Spot on Campus: Cooper House—home to the Black Studies department, or the Bird Sanctuary
Favorite Book: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Hobbies/Activities: Reading, running, being outdoors
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Juan A. Gonzalez

Juan A. Gonzalez

Assistant Dean of Admission

Wilson Admissions

Favorite Thing About Amherst: The ambitious and comprehensive financial aid package that meets 100% of admitted student's family's financial need. Amherst is a great place to work and is strongly committed to ensuring that the student body reflects the national diversity in a globalized world.
Favorite Book: War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony by Nelson Antonio Denis
Favorite Food: Arroz con habichuelas, pollo frito y tostones (white Rice w/beans, fried chicken and fried plaintains)
Pronouns: He/Him/Él

Felipe Gomez

Felipe Gomez

Admission Counselor - Diversity Outreach

Wilson Admissions

Favorite Spot on Campus: Pratt Field at sunset
Favorite Place to Travel: New York City, because you always see something you've never seen before.
Favorite Quote: "Brain versus bronze." - My younger brother
Pronouns: he/him/his

Favorite Spot on Campus: I love the serenity of the Amherst bike trail!
Favorite Quote: "You must look within yourself to save yourself from your other self. Only then will your true self reveal itself" - Zuko, Avatar: The Last Airbender
Favorite Place to Travel: To Accra, Ghana, because it's my home! (and we have the best chocolate in the world!)
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kenzie M. Bruso

Kenzie M. Bruso

Associate Director of Admission Systems

Wilson Admissions

Favorite TV Show: Sopranos and The Office
Favorite Quote: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
Favorite Food: Brick oven pizza
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Operations Team

Admission Operations Staff

We have a dedicated team of operations staff who assist visitors, process applications, and do much, much more!