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Rod Skinner

Dean of College Counseling

Joined Milton in 1999

rod-skinnerMr. Skinner directs Milton’s college counseling office, which assists 100 percent of graduating seniors each year matriculate at more than 80, selective, four-year colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. He is a teacher, advisor, program developer, and frequent chair or co-chair of diverse institutional initiatives.

A faculty member at the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions since 2002, Rod is a thought leader in the field. During his time at Milton, he has served on the board of directors of The Common Application; he chaired the Admissions Practices Committee of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC); and he directed the Summer Seminars for Secondary School Counselors. He co-founded the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools in 2007; he routinely serves as faculty or invited speaker at national conferences on college admission and counseling; and he has consulted with independent, parochial and public schools on their college counseling programs.

Rod has published numerous textbook chapters, papers and articles ranging from “The College Essay: Helping Students Find Their Voice”; and “Writing an Effective College Recommendation” for Fundamentals of College Admission Counseling, to “What Keeps College Counselors Up at Night,” in Milton Magazine, Fall 2015.

His presentations have included “Counselors’ Spheres of Influence,” annually at the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admission; “Soft Skills for a Tough World” at the Harvard Summer Institute from 2013 through the present; and “Engaging Parents in the College Admission Process” at the NACAC Critical Components Conference in May 2012.


A.B., Harvard College
Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education
Woodrow Wilson Fellow

Milton’s mission is preparing our students for lifelong success; that principle animates our college counseling program. We can significantly affect the emotional and social growth of our students. We can give them the tools to take on the world with gusto, resourcefulness and joy.
Rod Skinner

Dean of College Counseling