Matthew L. McGann Named Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Amherst College

Matthew McGann (AMHERST, Mass., June 6, 2018) – Matthew L. McGann has been named Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Amherst College, it was announced today by Biddy Martin, President of the College. McGann has been Director of Admissions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2012, having been a member of the admissions staff since 2001.

Reporting to the president and serving as a member of her senior staff, McGann will be responsible for all aspects of admission and financial aid, including student recruitment, selection, and the financial aid process. He will serve as a highly visible advocate for the College’s mission and offerings, as well as the principles of access and need-blind admissions. McGann will join the College on July 23, 2018, and will manage a staff of approximately 32. He succeeds Katharine Fretwell ‘81, who has served in the role for the past four years, has been at Amherst for nearly 30 years, and is retiring at the end of this month.

Katharine Fretwell ’81 Named Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Amherst College; Longtime Dean Tom Parker to Retire

Submitted on Wednesday, 6/6/2018, at 2:30 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.