Katharine Fretwell ’81 Named Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Amherst College; Longtime Dean Tom Parker to Retire
Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 12:33 PM
December 19, 2013
Katharine “Katie” Fretwell
AMHERST, Mass.—Katharine “Katie” Fretwell , a 1981 graduate of Amherst College who has served her alma mater’s Admission Office in various capacities for nearly 25 years, has been appointed dean of admission and financial aid at the college, effective July 1, 2014. Fretwell, currently the dean of admission, succeeds Amherst’s longtime Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Tom Parker, who will retire at the end of June. Parker’s retirement ends an illustrious 15-year career at the college.
Amherst Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Diversity Case
Submitted on Friday, 9/14/2012, at 11:19 AM
September 5, 2012
In a show of support for the importance of diversity in higher education, Amherst College organized and led a group of other “highly selective” liberal arts schools from across the country in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Fisher v. University of Texas case last month.
An Amherst Q&A on Paying for College
Submitted on Tuesday, 5/22/2012, at 3:34 PM
Interview by Peter Rooney
Throughout their decades-long careers, Thomas H. Parker and Joe Paul Case have engaged in hundreds of conversations about the cost of higher education.
Recently, Parker, Amherst College’s dean of admission, and Case, the college’s dean of financial aid, chatted about college costs once more. Their conversation came against the backdrop of a recent New York Times analysis that used the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator website to assess the net price of a college education by subtracting an institution’s average financial aid package of grants and scholarships from its total price. The analysis included charts of the nation’s lowest- and highest-net-price private and public colleges and universities, and revealed that Amherst’s net price of $13,805 is the lowest of all highly selective colleges and universities.