For general inquiries, please email [email protected]. For specific inquiries, please email your regional counselor listed below.
Bard Admission works closely with the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI). Please go here for OEI staff contact information.
Regions: New York City, United Kingdom, Washington, Oregon, Kansas, Missouri, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, Utah, Nevada, Hawaii, and Colorado
Mackie moved to the United States to attend Bard in 2008 and graduated four years later in 2012. While a Bard student, Mackie majored in American Studies and dedicated much of her time to student government and cross country running.
Melissa is a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley and comes to Bard with a background in program and operations management in the trust & safety field of the tech industry. She holds a B.A. in Art History from SUNY New Paltz. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking and drawing.
Regions: New York City's five boroughs, Pittsburg, PA, and Ohio. Primary contact for Bard Early College students
A Bard alumna, Kate majored in Literature with a concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies and went on to earn her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University.
Regions: Upstate New York, Maine, and Vermont. Primary contact for Transfers, Conservatory, and Homeschooled students
Josh graduated from Bard with a degree in Music in 2006. He then went on to Bard's Masters of Arts in Teaching Program to earn a degree in History Education in 2008.
Sean grew up locally in the Hudson Valley, and graduated from SUNY Albany with a B.A. in Computer Science. After working with a startup website company, Sean now assists the Office of Enrollment at Bard with data analysis and reporting.
Eric comes to Bard with 10+ years’ experience in the Information Services industry. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications and is a Dutchess County native.
Regions: Connecticut, Long Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey (except Princeton, NJ), and Rhode Island
Originating from New Hampshire, Tessa discovered Bard while attending a summer program there, and fell in love with it when she came to campus for the Immediate Decision Plan.
Savannah is a proud Bard alumna and is thrilled to able to share that through her work. She was first introduced to Bard in 2006 by her brother-in-law who also went to Bard and studied film, and was determined to be a part of the community ever since.
Regions: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, Princeton, NJ, and West Virginia
After graduating in class of 2019, Chase spent a year working as a corporate paralegal before returning to Bard, where he works closely with both Bard Admission and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
Cassidy is originally from the Hudson Valley. She graduated from Lasell University in 2019 with a B.S. in Sport Management.
Amber Amina Leisher
Regions: International countries except for Pakistan, Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia, and the United Kingdom. All United World Colleges (UWC)
Amber has several years of experience working in global programs and admission, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education where she received her master’s degree in Higher Education.
Mary is a Dutchess County native, returning after several years away. Her experience has brought her to Bard, working on Slate, with a background in CRM implementations and enrollment marketing. She holds a B.A. from Western Connecticut State University and an M.A. from Marist College.
Julia graduated from Bard in 2021 with a BA in Environmental and Urban Studies and stayed on to earn her Masters in Environmental Policy with the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. She worked for the Office of Admission as a tour guide for many years and now assists with office operations.
Erika grew up in Orange County, NY. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from SUNY Plattsburgh and an M.A. in English from SUNY New Paltz. During her time at SUNY New Paltz, she was the writing assistant for the Department of Business and has now found her way to Bard after many years in the grocery store business.
Regions: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Puerto Rico
After earning her Bard BA in Mathematics in 2014, she went on to then earn her Master's in Education and taught middle school math in Memphis, TN.
Maggie received her B.A. in Economics from New York University and has since worked in various industries, from finance to her most recent role as a community relations professional in Central Florida. While she has traveled to all seven continents—pursuing studies in three countries outside of the United States—it was the beauty of the Hudson Valley and Bard’s emphasis on the arts that drew her to the area and the college.
Regions: California, New Mexico, Arizona, Latin America, the Caribbean countries/territories, and the US territory of the Virgin Islands
Robbie grew up as a Hudson Valley local, yet had a circuitous route to Bard College, entering as a transfer student before graduating in 2017 with a BA in Creative Writing. He relocated to Los Angeles in 2018 and earned his MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. He continues to reside in Southern California and looks forward to introducing prospective students to the beauty of Bard College and its surrounding areas.
Regions: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pakistan
Perhaps Farah missed her Bard classroom and discussions so much that she wanted to go back to an intellectually rigorous environment. Farah currently resides in Chicago, working for Bard while also pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Chicago's Divinity School.
Regions: East and Southeast Asia
Shawn hails from Elgin, IL, and is a regional admissions representative currently based in Beijing, China, where he is responsible for international recruitment and admissions.
The philosophy of the Equity and Inclusion programs remains consistent with the College’s desire for diversity to be part of the learning experience of all students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) recognizes that students with identities historically underrepresented in higher education seek to attain a rigorous liberal arts education and often need support to realize this aim. Click here to read about the OEI staff!