College Counseling Office to Follow Dean-Director Model Starting Next Year

As the College Counseling Office (CCO) grows and changes, it will be restructured into a model featuring both a dean and a director next year, with Sean Logan, current Director of CCO, assuming the role of Dean. The CCO is currently advertising the director position and will conduct interviews soon, aiming to appoint someone for the position by the end of the summer.

As Dean of CCO, Logan will mainly be in charge of overseeing the office and engaging with external constituencies, including the Senior Administrative Council, faculty and staff, trustees, alumni and colleges.

“I see [the new model] as giving me more time to focus on these things, instead of having my time split in different ways. I see this as being an opportunity to create even more partnerships. We see ourselves as a department, we see ourselves as teachers,” Logan said.
Logan said that he hopes to communicate more with colleges about the happenings at Andover and make sure that [colleges] achieve a good sense of the school.

As Logan handles more of the external affairs and the mentoring of the staff, the Director of the CCO will handle the day-to-day affairs including overseeing the curriculum used in the CCO and communicating with students.

This recently approved model was set into motion by the upcoming retirement of Anne Ferguson, current Senior Associate of the CCO. Logan said that, although Ferguson will be greatly missed by her colleagues, her leave will help the transition to the new structure be smooth.

Head of School John Palfrey wrote in an email to the Andover community, “We believe this revamped structure will allow for greater connection to the academic program and a closer partnership with the faculty while being more agile and proactive in the quickly evolving world of college admission.”

Logan said, “When I was hired, I was the sixth hire in this office, but we only had five counselors that year. I’m hiring the tenth counselor right now. So, in four years we’ve changed the staff size, we’ve changed how we interact with students, when we engage with families and the communications we send out.”