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Accompanying all the new and returning students to both campuses this fall are several new Pingry faculty and staff. 

Mrs. Cynthia Santiago Joins Pingry's College Counseling Team
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Following a search process that lasted several months and resulted in significant interest from a broad pool of candidates, Assistant Head of School–Basking Ridge Campus Dr. Delvin Dinkins and Director of College Counseling Tim Lear '92, P '25, '27, '30 are delighted to announce the newest member of the College Counseling team, Mrs. Cynthia Santiago. 

While Pingry's College Counseling Office currently offers an exceptionally low student-to-counselor ratio, in order to meet the evolving demands of competitive college admissions, it continually seeks to be proactive. Adding a full-time team member, bringing the total number of counselors to six, will enable them to enhance their strong one-on-one relationships with students and families as well as continue to create innovative programming, such as April's College Case Study Night and June's Junior Jumpstart Program. The expansion will also increase the office's outreach, allowing counselors to visit college campuses across the country to better educate their admission representatives about Pingry's unique community and to stay current on theirs. "I am confident that the office's growth will allow us to further develop the hands-on and collaborative approach that is so central to our students' success," says Mr. Lear.

With 18 years of experience in higher education and admissions, most recently as the Senior Associate Director of Admissions and Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment at Muhlenberg College, Mrs. Santiago has served in a number of high-profile roles at her alma mater. In addition to her primary role at the college, she has acted as the Athletic Liaison between the Athletic Department and Admissions, helped to manage Muhlenberg's Admissions Internship Program, launched the college's Multicultural Ambassador Program, and served on the school's Strategic Planning Committee. In 2009, she received Muhlenberg's Chairman Award, presented to one staff member per year for outstanding service. She also received the Human Relations Committee of the City of Allentown Award in 2011. Bringing to Pingry a tremendous amount of skill and knowledge, Mrs. Santiago will guide the College Counseling Office in better understanding and adapting to the changes and opportunities facing college admissions. 

Of her experience in the industry, Mr. Lear adds, "She has impressed her supervisors and demonstrated the kind of expertise and warmth that I have witnessed firsthand during our nearly 20-year professional relationship."

In advance of her official start date on July 1, Pingry welcomes Mrs. Santiago!


Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer, adawson@pingry.org