US College Admission Network Conference

Insight into selective U.S. higher education

Do you have students interested in higher education in the United States? Come learn about the holistic application process presented by Deans from America's most prestigious universities. Join us at the 2018 WLSA College Admission Network Conference. This conference is open to students, parents, career staff, and anyone interested in learning more about higher education in the United States. 

This conference is free, with limited space available. Registration for the sessions will be open on September 1st. 

Meet The Speakers

Douglas L. Christiansen, Ph.D

Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Vanderbilt University

Douglas L. Christiansen holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration and is Vanderbilt University's vice provost for university enrollment affairs, and dean of admissions and financial aid.  Dr. Christiansen is also an associate professor of public policy and higher education in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Vanderbilt's Peabody College.  Currently, he is serving as Chair for the Board of Trustees of the College Board.  In his role as vice provost, Dr. Christiansen serves as the university’s chief enrollment strategist, guiding the University Enrollment Affairs Leadership Team, which consists of the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Academic Affairs Process and Solution Implementations (PSI), University Registrar, Enrollment Management for Health Sciences Education, Student Accounts, the Vanderbilt Institutional Research Group (VIRG), the Career Center, and University Enrollment Affairs Strategy and Implementation.  He also oversees the selection process for Ingram, Chancellors, Cornelius Vanderbilt, POSSE, and QuestBridge scholars programs.  Dr. Christiansen and his team have led the integration of enrollment and admissions systems across the university to integrate academic systems that support institutional enrollment goals at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.  He has been in higher education and admissions for almost thirty years.

James G. Nondorf

Vice President for Enrollment and Student Advancement & Dean of College Admissions and Financial Aid

University of Chicago

James G. Nondorf is the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Advancement and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Chicago. At UChicago, Jim oversees College Admissions, Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Office of Career Advancement. He has also served as chair of the SAT Committee and been an adviser for the College Board. Prior to his tenure at UChicago, he served as Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Director of Student Outreach and Associate Director of Admissions at Yale University. Jim earned a BA in economics from Yale University and an MLA in ethics from Valparaiso University.

Kelly A. Walter

Associate Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admissions

Boston University

Kelly Walter has 37 years of professional experience in college admissions and enrollment and is currently the Associate Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admissions at Boston University.  Ms. Walter also served as Acting Director of Admissions at Wellesley College.

In her current role, Dean Walter serves as the chief admissions officer for the undergraduate enrollment effort at Boston University.  She is responsible for the strategic planning, management, and administration of the undergraduate admissions office.  This includes providing the leadership and direction for all undergraduate recruitment and marketing initiatives at BU.

Dean Walter has also made significant contributions to the enrollment and admissions profession through her involvement with NEACAC, NACAC, NEACRAO, and the College Board.  She was a member of the College Board SAT Advisory Committee, the Guidance and Admissions Advisory Committee (GAAC), and currently serves on the College Board Enrollment Leaders Group.  Dean Walter is also Co-Chair of the World Leading Schools Association (WLSA) Higher Education Advisory Board; a member of the Advisory Board of the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology; a faculty member at the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions; and a delegate to the Overseas Schools Project, a joint project between the U.S. Department of State and the College Board.  Additionally, she was recognized for her leadership as the recipient of the Harry R. Carroll Distinguished Service Award and the Boston University Honorary Scarlet Key Society.

Christopher Watson

Assistant Vice President of Student Outreach & Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

Northwestern University

Christopher Watson serves as Assistant Vice President of Student Outreach and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Northwestern University.  Prior to Northwestern, he worked in the admission offices at Princeton University as Director of Admission and Associate Dean, and at Boston University as associate director. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he earned a master's degree in education from Boston University. Under his leadership, the international student population at Northwestern has nearly doubled, including a 150% increase in students from China.

Timothy Brunold

Dean of Admission

University of Southern California

Timothy Brunold has worked in American higher education for nearly three decades; having received his introduction in the late 1980’s, when he first joined USC’s Office of Admission as a student intern. Since then, he has served his alma mater in a variety of enrollment and student services capacities. He was appointed USC’s eleventh dean of admission in 2010.

During his tenure as the university’s chief admission officer, USC has received record application volume, achieved its highest level of student selectivity and enrolled the most low-income, first-generation and under-represented students in its 138-year history. Tim has dramatically expanded the size of USC’s admission office, making it one of the country’s largest; one with a distinct focus on transparency, access and best practices in enrollment management.

As Dean of Admission, Tim oversees more than 90 full-time staff members and is responsible for leading all aspects of USC’s undergraduate admission, graduate admission and new student orientation efforts. He is active in multiple associations and regularly presents at national conferences and professional gatherings. He frequently provides media commentary on myriad topics ranging from ethical admission practices, international recruitment, the college search process, student access and the use of technology in admissions. In addition, Tim serves on the Board of Directors of the Common Application, a not-for-profit technology corporation that provides a standardized admission application platform for more than 750 colleges and universities across the U.S.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in International Relations from the University of Southern California and has been accepted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi academic honor societies.