An Independent School • Grades 5-12

We are excited to announce that Wellesley L. Wilson has accepted Lakeside’s offer to join the community as director of admissions and financial aid. Wilson will start at Lakeside in early July.

In an email to faculty and staff, Head of School Bernie Noe wrote, “From the moment the search committee first met Wellesley, we were all impressed with her thorough knowledge of all aspects of the admissions process, and her sensitivity toward and respect for all applicants. She clearly loves admissions work and understands the critical role admissions plays in creating a dynamic student body. We were also struck by her positive spirit, work ethic, and professionalism. Wellesley will help us take Lakeside School into the future, serving the city, state, country, and world in our second hundred years!”

Wilson is currently director of admission and financial aid at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee, a 5-12 girls’ school of 717 students. In addition to directing all aspects of the admissions and financial aid program, she serves as a member of the school’s leadership team and leads the school’s institutional research efforts. At Harpeth Hall, she has increased the upper school admission yield by 20%, increased student of color enrollment by 42%, and developed a strategic admissions outreach program, among other accomplishments. From 2008-2015, Wilson was the director of upper school admission at the Maret School, in Washington D. C., an independent co-educational school of 650 students in grades K-12.

Wilson was the co-chair of the National Association of Independent Schools’ 2018 People of Color Conference and has spoken at national conferences of the Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools and the National Coalition of Girls Schools. A graduate of Maret School, Wilson holds a bachelor's degree in government/legal studies and psychology from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University.

In an email, Wilson expressed her excitement for joining the Lakeside community. "Lakeside has a national reputation as a community that offers students an incredible educational experience that extends far beyond the classroom. I feel a deep connection to the school’s distinctive mission and values that establish inclusivity, personal responsibility, an ethical disposition, and joy as priorities. I am grateful to the search committee and the community members who shared their time and thoughts with me during the search process; I'm thrilled to join the admission and financial aid team at this extraordinary school and make Seattle my home.”

Members of the search committee included Assistant Director of Admissions Emily Aktepy, Upper School History Teacher Kathryn Brooks ’00, Upper School Student Government President Aiden C. ’20, Upper School Learning Resources Coordinator/Head of Upper School Student Support Tasha Campbell Chang, Middle School Director Elaine Christensen ’82, Upper School Drama Teacher and admissions committee member Alban Dennis, Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Doug Moon, Head of School Bernie Noe, trustee Artemios “Tim” Panos ’85, Director of Human Resources Sara Skinner, Assistant Head of School/Chief Financial Officer Birage Tandon, and Assistant Head of School/Upper School Director Felicia Wilks. The nationwide search was organized by Wickenden Associates.