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 Admission Center

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

Cate Granger Zolkos

Cate Granger Zolkos

Dean of Admission

Wilson Admission Center

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
Pronoun: she/her/hers

Dale R. Hendricks

Dale R. Hendricks

Director of Admission & Financial Aid Systems & Strategies

Wilson Admission Center

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
Pronoun: he/him/his

Will Cummins

Will Cummins

Associate Dean of Admission

Wilson Admission Center

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!

Mandy Hart

Mandy Hart

Assoc Dean of Admission/Coordinator of Diversity Outreach

Wilson Admission Center

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 

Alexandra S. Hurd

Alexandra S. Hurd

Associate Dean of Admission

Wilson Admission Center

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)!
Pronoun: she/her/hers

Michael T. Hawkins

Michael T. Hawkins

Associate Dean of Admission

Wilson Admission Center

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

Frances E. Tuleja

Frances E. Tuleja

Associate Dean of Admission

202 Wilson Admission Center

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/her

Xiaofeng Wan

Xiaofeng Wan

Assoc Dean of Admission & Coord of International Recruitment

Wilson Admission Center

Favorite Spot on Campus: The new Science Center
Favorite Thing About Amherst: How truly diverse and global the Amherst community is
Fun Fact: I am originally from Qingdao (Tsingtao), a beautiful coastal city in Eastern 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

Jasmine Hardy

Jasmine Hardy

Assistant Dean of Admission

Wilson Admission Center

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, traveling
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Mariesa J. Negosanti

Mariesa J. Negosanti

Assistant Dean of Admission

Wilson Admission Center

Favorite Thing About Amherst: The culture of change and always working to better ourselves as a community.
Favorite Food: Lobster and peanut butter anything. Just not together!
Favorite Place to Travel: Vieques, PR. They have the most beautiful beaches and vibrant island community.
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hayley G. Nicholas

Hayley G. Nicholas

Assistant Dean of Admission

102 Wilson Admission Center

Hobbies/Activities: Pottery, running, hiking, puzzles
Favorite TV Show: Grey's Anatomy
Fun Fact: I can walk on stilts
Pronoun: she/her/hers

Justin C. Barry

Justin C. Barry

Admission Fellow

Wilson Admission Center

Favorite Quote: “I would not have become who I am without Amherst.” -Axel Schupf ’57
Favorite Place to Travel: 
The mountain west for the big sky, clear air, and beautiful open spaces
Hobbies/Activities:
Running, digital art, other sports
Pronouns:
he/him/his

Madeline M. Clyne

Madeline M. Clyne

Admission Counselor

205 Wilson Admission Center

Favorite Place to Travel: Cape Cod - it reminds me of my family and it's beautiful any time of year.
Favorite Book: The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson
Favorite Spot on Campus:
Johnson Chapel - the home of my beloved English department!
Pronouns:
 she/her/hers

Alyssa M. Snyder

Alyssa M. Snyder

Admission Counselor

006 Wilson Admission Center

Favorite Spot on Campus: I love the bird sanctuary and the rail trail, also referred to as the bike path. It is fun to see how it changes season to season!
Favorite Thing About Amherst: Definitely the people! Students, staff, faculty and visitors are why I decided to spend another year here working.
Fun Fact: My senior honors thesis explored how low-income, first-generation Amherst students navigate home and college. Ask me about it!
Pronouns: she/her/hers

William N. Kopell

William N. Kopell

Director of Admission and Financial Aid Information Systems

Wilson Admission Center

Favorite Place to Travel: Bar Harbor & Montana
Hobbies/Activities: Rock Climbing, Movies
Fun Fact: I know 33 programming languages.
Pronoun: he/him/his

Kenzie M. Bruso

Kenzie M. Bruso

Asst Dir of Admission and Financial Aid Information Systems

105 Wilson Admission Center

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
Pronoun: 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!