May 8, 2014

Friends' Announces New Director of Admissions

Melanie Leggett, Friends' new
Director of Admissions
Friends’ School is very pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director of Admissions.

We are thrilled to welcome Melanie Leggett to our school community and entrust her with introducing the next generation of Friends’ School students and families to our school.

Mel is a dedicated and passionate leader.  We feel extremely confident that our future and incoming families will be in great hands.  The hiring committee, for whom Mel was the unanimous choice, was very impressed by Mel’s kind and thoughtful manner, her professionalism and strong organizational skills, and her ability to connect with and explain our school culture and educational philosophy. Mel is an outstanding communicator who has gained tremendous respect and admiration in her previous positions.

Mel is currently the Youth Education Program Director at Colorado Mountain Club in Golden.  Previously, she was with both The Odyssey School and The Logan School in Denver, and the Women’s Wilderness Institute here in Boulder. She has extensive background in program design, logistics, and evaluation, supervision and volunteer management, marketing, event planning, and financial aid. In her time at Colorado Mountain Club, she oversaw growth of the Youth Education Program by 1,500 students.

Mel and her husband Roy, along with their cat Penny, recently bought a house in Louisville.  Mel is an enthusiastic rock climber and also enjoys yoga, reading, gardening, and travel. Roy is a firefighter with Rocky Mountain Fire District, based at the fire station at 76th and Baseline.

Mel is very excited to continue her professional journey at Friends’.  She began her career as a field instructor in outdoor education and has a passion for schools and the outdoors. She loves working with both parents and students and is looking forward to using her skills and talents to help prospective families decide if Friends’ School is the best place for their children.

Mel won the job over an extremely well qualified and capable group of applicants. We received many excellent applications for this position, which we narrowed down to four final candidates who each spent several hours on campus over the last weeks.  They toured the school, spent time in classrooms, and were interviewed at length by the hiring committee.

I am grateful to everyone who has been involved in our search: staff members Meg Hansen, Caroline Landry, Mandy Stepanovsky, and Christie Stanford, as well as Friends’ School parents Hilary Sodha, Adam Kimberly, and Aarin Holmes, who all gave thoughtful and heartfelt input to our process. Thank you also to Christine Lipson from HR Concierge who served as a search consultant on our behalf, and to retiring Director of Admissions Mari Engle Friedman, who shared her wealth of knowledge and experience with our finalists.

You will begin to see Mel on campus for a few days in May as she shadows Mari on her tours of the school. She will attend our new families lemonade on May 19th. Mel will start in earnest in late June.  We are very excited to welcome Mel to our school.

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