Winter 2012 Stories
Good as Gould: Evergreen’s New Director of Admissions
By Erin Dorrough
New Admissions Director Bryan Gould has some things in common with some Evergreen students. He has bright eyes full of knowledge and potential, the smile of someone that is in a constant state of learning and growing - and loving it - and he read about Evergreen in the national guide Colleges that Change Lives. Unlike most Evergreen students, Gould actually studied the college in a program about interdisciplinary education while in graduate school.
“I’ve been aggressively learning about all corners and aspects of the college. It’s been quite fulfilling. The college is so distinctive, it takes time to learn and absorb what Evergreen is,” says Gould, former associate director of Wisconsin’s Beloit College, a small private liberal arts institution, from 2005 to 2010 and a graduate student at Seattle University from 2000 to 2003.
Gould took over Evergreen’s top admissions post from Doug Scrima, promising to “continue the very strong work of my predecessor,” he says, adding that the job calls for “being a good listener, and having strong communication skills and good intuition. You have to understand the student and understand the college as well as the concept of fit and proper academic preparation in the process of reviewing applications. Evergreen has a rich history of aligning those two.”
Educating students and community about the value of Evergreen and the availability of its services and resources is very important to Gould, and he believes that Evening and Weekend students have some unique opportunities at Evergreen.
“Evergreen’s Evening and Weekend Studies programs provide opportunities for students who can’t attend during the day and offer great flexibility to engage in an academic setting,” says Gould, adding that Academic Advising and the Career Center offer evening hours to support the evening and weekend population on campus. “We do our best to provide services to evening and weekend students. They are usually pleasantly surprised that such services exist and are tailored to their life experiences.”
Erin Dorrough, a transfer student at Evergreen, is studying writing and literature. She’s aiming for a job in publishing as an editor and is currently writing a young adult fantasy novel.