Author Bios

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Sally P. Springer, Ph.D.has more than 30 years of experience as a psychology professor and senior administrator on both the East and West Coast. She has devoted her entire career to higher education and has essentially has not left school since she entered college at age sixteen. Associate Chancellor Emerita at UC Davis, Sally received her B.S. degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, where she was a commuter student before venturing cross country to Stanford University for her doctoral and postdoctoral study. She worked in the then-new field of neuropsychology as a professor of psychology at Stony Brook University in New York, teaching and advising both undergrads and graduate students. Her first book, Left Brain, Right Brain, has been translated into seven languages and was honored by the American Psychological Foundation for contributing to the public’s understanding of psychology. Her second book, How to Succeed in College, is a guide for college freshmen. Venturing back again to California, Sally spent many years in the Chancellor’s Office at UC Davis helping to keep a complex university humming smoothly. Sally’s goal in first writing Admission Matters was to have it be the kind of book she would want her own kids to read and that she would want to read herself. She has been a volunteer admissions reader for the Davis campus and is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Western Association for College Admission Counseling, the Independent Educational Consultants Association, and the Higher Education Consultants Association. For the past ten years, Sally has provided one-on-one college admissions guidance to families as an educational consultant through Springer Educational Consulting. She has personally taken the college admissions journey twice, with her son and her daughter.


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Jon Reider, Ph.D., has over 30 years of admission experience, most recently as the Director of College Counseling at San Francisco University High School, an independent 9-12 high school, since 2000.  He previously served for 15 years as Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Stanford University. There he coined the term “intellectual vitality,” which has become a widely used qualitative factor in selective college admissions, as colleges increasingly look beyond grades and test scores to make decisions. He managed the recruitment of international students and students of exceptional mathematical and scientific ability.  He also supervised the evaluation of students with physical and learning disabilities. He co-founded and taught in Stanford’s highly regarded freshman humanities program, Structured Liberal Education, for 25 years. He won the Walter J. Gores Award for his outstanding undergraduate teaching, working with freshmen as they encountered many of the great texts in world literature and philosophy. Jon majored in history at Stanford and later earned a Ph.D. in Social Theory. As a Marshall Scholar at the University of Sussex, he earned an M.A. in Sociology and then taught Sociology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  He is on the Board of Directors of the Concord Review and a consultant to the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.  He also taught in the College Counseling Certificate Program at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a nationally known speaker and essayist in the admission profession and a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences.  As a parent, admission officer, and college counselor, he has visited several hundred colleges and high schools in the US and the UK. He is a member of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools and both the National and Western Associations for College Admission Counseling.   He served as the chair of the National Association’s Committee on Current Trends and Future Issues.

Joyce Vining Morgan, Ph.D., is a certified educational planner specializing in college admissions with an online individualized practice. After receiving her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literature from Yale, she began her career as a college instructor of Russian literature at Vassar, then taught Russian literature, humanities, and English composition at the University of New Hampshire while also teaching courses in those subjects at various local private schools.  In 1982 she established a program in Russian at the Exeter Junior and Senior High Schools in which she taught for 13 years. She was New Hampshire’s Teacher of the Year in 1994 and represented the state in President Clinton’s Goals 2020 education conferences. She has led student exchanges to Russia, Ukraine, France and Kazakhstan, and was herself an exchange student twice in the former USSR and a participant in a ground-breaking teacher exchange with the USSR. Throughout her teaching career students asked about continuing their studies at the next level, so her work began to include transition counseling.  For the last 20 years college counseling has been her primary focus, both at The Putney School and The White Mountain School and as a private counselor.  As part of her work, she has visited hundreds of colleges and universities, mostly in the United States but also in Canada, Britain, and Australia, and is beginning to explore English language universities in various non-English speaking countries. A member of the New England and National Associations for College Admission Counseling, associate member of the Overseas Associations for College Admission Counseling. she is also a  professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. A former vice-president of the New England Association, she has also served on regional and national committees focusing on college admissions, including on the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Committee on Current Trends and Future Issues and its Ad Hoc Committee on Standardized Testing.   © Admission Matters 2017