Meet the Admission Staff

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Our Quaker heritage encourages us to have open and honest dialogues between every member of our community—even members who haven’t joined us yet. If you have questions about life at Guilford College, we invite you to email our students at askastudent@guilford.edu. Our panel of respondents includes students from a variety of backgrounds, nationalities, and religions who have made Guilford College their home away from home.

Meet the admission staff

Admission counselors are assigned to prospective students based on geography. Read the descriptions below to find out who your counselor is according to where you currently attend school.

  • Cynthia Basinger

    Assistant to Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
    School Extension 336.316.2152
  • Nancy Benninger

    Admission Counselor
    Mobile 336.708.7947
    Biography:

    Nancy counsels prospective students from Virginia and the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill region of North Carolina.

  • Allison Brooks

    Data Systems Operator
    School Extension 336.316.2391
  • Jennifer Catoe '14

    Data Systems Operator
    School Extension 336.316.2390
  • Susan Gandy

    Associate Director of Admission / International Education Specialist
    School Extension 336.316.2304
    Mobile 336.708.7942
    Biography:

    Susan has been working in admission for over twenty years and has focused on international admission for the past twelve. She joined the Guilford staff in 2014 as the Associate Director of Admission and International Education Specialist at the College. She is responsible for international student recruitment and admission.

    Hobbies: I have visited over forty countries and truly love what I do.
     
    Favorite thing about being at Guilford: I’m new to the Guilford staff so I’m still finding my way here, but so far what’s stood out is the commitment to community and diversity at the College.

  • Shelley George

    Senior Assistant Director of Admission
    School Extension 336.316.2393
    Mobile 917.450.2793
    Biography:

    Originally from West Virginia, Shelley received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from Concord University and a Master of Mass Communication from the University of Georgia. She has worked in the Guilford Admission Office for almost ten years, with a full-time regional office for Guilford in New York City. Shelley counsels northeastern students who attend school in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. She also serves as a liaison to the Honors Program at Guilford.

    Hobbies: I love going to baseball games at Yankee Stadium, enjoy seeing my favorite singers Ingrid Michaelson and Amos Lee in concert, and am a huge fan of the 80s TV shows Matlock, Murder She Wrote, and Magnum P.I.!  

    Favorite thing about college: College was an awesome time of new adventures for me, as I studied abroad in Belize and England, worked in Yellowstone National Park, and backpacked around Europe.  My time in graduate school was memorable, as I was introduced to the crazy fun experience of SEC football.  

    Favorite thing about being at Guilford: I love working with prospective students, learning their stories, and connecting them with faculty, current students, and alumni in the Guilford community.  My favorite place on campus is the Carnegie Room in the Hege Library and I love eating in the dining hall (yum yum!) when I’m back at Guilford.

  • Kaycee Ingram '12

    Admission Counselor
    School Extension 336.316.2386
    Mobile 336.708.7940
    Biography:

    Originally from Mt. Ulla, North Carolina, Kaycee transferred to Guilford College in 2010 and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors in German & International Studies. She was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Munich, Germany for the 2012-2013 academic year. Kaycee currently recruits students from Eastern & Western NC, the Charlotte Area, SC, KY, LA, AL, MS, and traditional transfer students. Kaycee is also the Bonner Scholars Program liaison.

    Hobbies: Reading, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and taking care of my two tuxedo cats: Winston & Ozzy. I also love to travel—I have been to 13 countries and can't wait to visit more!

    Favorite thing about Guilford: The student/professor relationship. I am still friends with many of my professors!

    Snapcat:  kayceeguilford

  • Erin Kelly

    Associate Director of Admission
    School Extension 336.316.2124
    Mobile 336.708.7941
    Biography:

    Originally from Niles, Ohio, Erin graduated from Hiram College with a degree in Communication Studies and Business Management. She currently holds the title of Director of Admission but was previously the Associate Director of Admission for the last year and a half. Erin works with prospective students from Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

    Hobbies: I have a dog named Etta (she has really big ears and I hope that she never grows into them) and I love music from the 60's and 90’s. R&B is my guilty pleasure. My favorite food is eggplant parmigiana and my favorite ice cream is Jeni's Salted Caramel.

    Favorite thing about college: I was able to take classes I loved and they didn't have to be in my major — exploration of ideas and topics are what makes the liberal arts so fun. 

  • Rachel Leahy

    Rachel Leahy '14

    Admission Counselor
    School Extension 336.316.2182
  • Sandra "Sandy" Pearman '80

    Director of Enrollment Information
    School Extension 336.316.2428
  • Sheila Siler

    Campus Visit Facilitator
    School Extension 336.316.2100
  • Andrew Strickler

    Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
    School Extension 336.316.2220
    Biography:

    Andy, originally from the Philly Suburbs, has been a member of the Guilford staff for three years. He currently oversees the entire Admission operation and the Financial Aid office at the College. He also works with students from Pennsylvania.

    Hobbies: I used to run in high school, college, and coached collegiately for ten years, but now I am an avid golfer, I bike and run when I can, and follow my Philly sports teams. I believe there is only one flavor of ice cream out there (and cake for that matter) —chocolate.

    Favorite thing about college: I loved running in college and the relationships I was able to form with my teammates who came from all different backgrounds and widened my viewpoint of the world beyond anything I could imagine while I was in high school.

    Favorite thing about being at Guilford: I love being at a small school like Guilford; one that pushes the boundaries of how our students see the world, one that exposes them to vastly different people, beliefs, opinions, and walks of life.  I love walking across campus and seeing students I have known since high school (or since the day before when I finally met them) and watch them live their dreams evolve in front of their own eyes. This community truly inspires me to continue to grow in a positive direction every day.

  • Grace Sullivan '14

    Admission Counselor
    School Extension 336.316.2394
    Mobile 336.708.7946
    Biography:

    Originally from Ben Lomond, CA, a tiny town outside of Santa Cruz, Grace graduated from Guilford in 2014 with a double major in mathematics and religious studies and a minor in Quaker studies. She currently recruits students from WA, OR, CA, CO, DE, MD, DC, and  little part of NC just north of Raleigh.  Grace also work with Quaker students for Guilford's Quaker Leadership Scholars Program (QLSP).

    Hobbies: Because I was Cali raised, I have a deep love for both redwoods and beach. I have always liked to travel and grew up doing so with the family. I love all types of coffee ice cream, burritos, and sushi. A typical night at home you can find me cooking or baking and finding someway to satisfy my intellectual curiosity. Just because I've graduated doesn't mean I'll stop challenging myself and learning!

    Favorite thing about Guilford: My favorite thing while being a student was the diversity--it gave me a clearer idea of who I was and what my beliefs were but also the complexity of the world around us. Not to mention I think that same sort of diversity really supported a variety of events on campus; the manifestation of diversity of interests and passions even outside of the classroom.

    What makes Guilford unique: Calling everyone by their first name creates the tone that Guilford is a community that values equality and every voice. It also sets the stage for student-professor relationships: friendships, collaborative work and studies, as well as the general accessibility of our staff.

     

     

  • William "Kyle" Wooden '11

    Admission Counselor
    School Extension 336.316.2383
    Mobile 336.708.7948
    Biography:

    Kyle grew up in Indianapolis, IN then moved to Matthews, NC before his freshman year of high school. He graduated from Guilford in 2011 with a degree in history and a minor in sociology. Kyle joined the College staff in 2012 and recruits
    students from the local counties of Guilford, Forsyth, and Alamance, as well a small sample of from Florida and several other states. 

    Hobbies: I love sports and played baseball at Guilford while I was a student here.  My favorite teams are the Kansas City Royals, Indianapolis Colts, and Indiana Pacers.  My favorite hobby is exploring local lakes and parks with my dog, Tito, and coaching a youth baseball team in my spare time.  My favorite restaurant in Greensboro is Kiosco Mexican Grill, as I am a huge fan of Mexican food.  

    Favorite thing about Guilford: The community aspect and the fact that I am still very close with former professors and coaches is a large reason why I am still at Guilford. 

    Snapchat: guilfordkw