Assistant to the College Counseling Office
Joined Milton in 1998; 2010
Sandi Dunnington has proven that you can go home again. Her first tenure in this office, after several years as an event planner for Sheraton, ended in 2003 when she took a hiatus for the births of her son and daughter. After that, Mrs. Dunnington worked for several years as assistant to the executive director and president for Exploration Summer Programs (EXPLO) in Norwood, Massachusetts. Then, when the administrative staff position opened up again in 2010, Mrs. Dunnington took pity on us and returned.
Then and now, Mrs. Dunnington has been the welcoming face, the reassuring voice of this office. She keeps the college counseling office on track and running smoothly: coordinating schedules; planning visits to campus from college admission officers; helping students and parents navigate the college admission process; and ensuring the timely delivery of school materials for the almost 2,000 applications that Milton students submit each year. Year after year, graduates make a point of stopping by Straus to thank Mrs. Dunnington; her steady, caring hand has been that deeply felt.
Mrs. Dunnington has been an important presence in other parts of Milton life as well. For many years, she and her husband, a faculty member in Milton’s athletic department, served as dorm parents in Millet House. They also ran Sports P.L.U.S., a summer program based at Milton. Mrs. Dunnington even managed to find time to coach junior varsity volleyball for several years.
Always, no matter what else she has on her plate, Mrs. Dunnington brings her formidable organizational powers to bear on the work of the college office, seeing and pushing for innovations and approaches that can help us do our work more effectively and gently but firmly keeping students, faculty and counselors on task.
For me, it’s all about the students and supporting them. With my background in hospitality, I have always enjoyed being the initial point of contact. I’m often the first face students see when they come into the office with questions or a glitch that needs fixing. So it’s important to set a friendly and accessible tone, to be a steady and welcoming presence. Nothing makes me happier than to help a student solve a problem and make the day feel a little more manageable.