Pomfret Yields New Enrollment Dean

In a highly competitive national search, Susan Mantilla-Goin stood out from the crowd.


Pomfret School is proud to announce SUSAN MANTILLA-GOIN as the next dean of enrollment management. "In a highly competitive national search, Susan stood out from the crowd," said Head of School Tim Richards. "Her many years of school admissions experience, her stellar reputation, and her deep relationships in the school world made her a natural choice."

For the last seven years, Mantilla-Goin has worked as the senior associate director of admission and financial aid at the Fay School in Southborough, MA. Prior to Fay, Mantilla-Goin held leadership positions at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA; the Charles River School in Dover, MA; the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC; and Tufts University, just outside of Boston. 

During her time at Fay, Mantilla-Goin has been a seminal force in the office, managing the admission pipeline from inquiry to acceptance, while also overseeing the day-to-day operations of an eight-person team. She also leveraged the school’s $3.54 million financial aid budget to bring students with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds from around the country and the world to Fay.

"I am thrilled to join the community as Pomfret's inaugural dean of enrollment management," she says, "building on the strong foundation laid by the current director of enrollment management, Amy Graham."

The shift from Director to Dean is more than semantics. "In an increasingly competitive market," Head of School Tim Richards said, "it is critical that Susan has the time and space to think strategically, not just tactically or operationally."

To help create that space, Pomfret has added a new position to the office: the director of admissions operations. Peter Anderson, who formerly served as director of admission and enrollment management at The Episcopal Academy outside of Philadelphia, will occupy the new role.

A native Spanish speaker, Mantilla-Goin is adept at working with diverse populations. During her long and distinguished career, she has served as a lead contact for community-based organizations such as A Better Chance and Prep for Prep, a liaison to student affinity groups and parent diversity groups, and a facilitator of faculty professional development workshops.

Photo Credit: Jeff Troutman Photography for Ashland Emergency Fund Front Door Project.

"I look forward to partnering with the on-campus community, parents, and alumni, as well as school representatives, community-based organizations, and educational consultants around the world to continue to attract mission-aligned, bright, and compassionate future Griffins," she says. 

Mantilla-Goin holds an MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University
 and a BA in Communication & English Literature
 from Denison University
. At Pomfret, she will be joined by her husband, Dimitry, and son, Amari, Pomfret Class of 2025. Mantilla-Goin takes the reins July 1. She can be reached at smantillagoin@pomfret.org.


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