Meet the Admissions Team

We’re eager to get to know you and answer your questions. 

Come for a visit. We’re located at:

PEA Admissions Office
Bissell House
60 Front Street
Exeter, NH 03833-2460


Eleanor Down

I joined the Exeter Admissions team in August 2010 where I'm delighted to be part of a team devoted to recruiting “youth from every quarter”. Throughout the fall, I look forward to recruiting in 11 states predominantly in the southeast, including the Carolinas, Georgia, Kansas, Texas and Virginia. I'm eager to share PEA’s tremendous opportunities with prospective Exonians and their families. I grew up in beautiful inland Maine where, by chance, I attended an independent secondary school which changed the direction of my life. My experiences there inspired my current career path. I earned my MA in Cultural Anthropology from Bates College which cultivated my love of people and appreciation for diverse life experiences. While at Bates, I served in the admissions office throughout my four years, most recently as a Senior Fellow. I live in Exeter and enjoy running, being outside, practicing yoga and curling up with a book. Ironically, my favorite is Owen Meany. 

I represent Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. I can be reached by email at:

Porter Hayes

I grew up in Exeter, New Hampshire, so I am excited to be back home. Before joining the PEA Admissions Office, I spent four years at Pomfret School as Assistant Director of Admissions and International Student Coordinator. I also advised, coached and lived in a sophomore boys dormitory. Prior to working at Pomfret School, I worked in the front office at Major League Lacrosse and the Boston Celtics.

As an Bridgton Academy alum, I wanted to return to education and independent schools when my wife Ellee, an English teacher at Exeter, began her career at Pomfret. I enjoyed spending time in the dormitory and when a job opened up in the Pomfret admissions office, I already knew I wanted to be a member of the community. This is the same way I feel now about PEA.

In addition to my admission duties, I live in Webster Hall, a boys dormitory, with my wife, Ellee, and our son, Bode. I am also the assistant coach of the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team.

I represent the following territories: District of Columbia, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, New York (upstate), Ohio and Pennsylvania. I can be reached by email at:


John Hutchins

I began my career in independent schools as a teacher at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine.  I taught mathematics, coached soccer, skiing and lacrosse, served as a dorm head and student advisor. While at Gould I helped to implement the eighth-grade program, an optional winter term for competitive ski racers, as well as the rock climbing program. After seven years of teaching and coaching, I joined the admissions office and was, over time, an assistant director, associate director, director of financial aid, and director of admissions and financial aid.

Prior to coming to Exeter, I spent 5 years at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania where I was Senior Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. My responsibilities included, among other things, oversight of the school's financial aid program. At Mercersburg I got involved with the outdoor program and led a student climbing trip to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru, where I have been on three personal climbing trips. In addition to climbing and skiing, I enjoy spending time with my wife Susan and two children, Jack and Elizabeth.

I can be reached by email at:


Nahin Jorgge

I am delighted to return to the Academy and join our wonderful admissions team. For Exeter’s unwavering values, strong education, and diverse community, I enjoy representing the Academy in attracting “youth from every quarter.” I graduated from Exeter in 2007 and after earning a BA from Yale University in Political Science, I entered education and have worked as a teacher, advisor, coach, and consultant.

My transformative experience as a student on our welcoming campus is the main reason I love what I do. I live with the commendable young men of Wentworth Hall and advise the Salseros dance team! I enjoy traveling, discussing foreign affairs, playing soccer, studying languages, and solving puzzles.

I represent Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. I can be reached by email at:

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el proceso de admisión a Exeter por favor no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo directamente a través de correo electrónico o llamando al (603) 777-3464.


Hal Lynch

I began my Exeter career in September 1981 when I was hired as a teaching fellow in the Drama Department. For the next twenty years I taught classes in acting, directing, filmmaking, playwriting, and speechmaking along with directing over twenty main stage productions in Fisher Theater. After serving as a dormitory faculty member in Soule Hall for four years, I was appointed dorm head of Browning North where I lived for six years. At various points, I also served as chair of the Attendance Committee and member of the Executive Committee and Admissions Committee. In September 2001 I joined the Admissions Office in Bissell House where I have interviewed hundreds of students and have traveled extensively recruiting candidates in places such as Bangkok, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Jamaica, and Singapore. 

I represent Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. I can be reached by email at:


Jay Tilton

Why the Admissions at Phillips Exeter? That’s easy. I’ve discovered a place that reflects my past experiences, shares the passions I have and the values I believe in. I’ve always had a love for athletics and, as the son of educators, learned at an early age how important a role education and sports could play in my life. The notion of “Team” has always been important to me. And the Bissell House Team is a good one. Every day provides a new challenge. Whether it’s travelling to Middle America in search of talented students or greeting prospective candidates on campus, our Admissions Team takes great pride in helping others learn how Phillips Exeter could impact their lives.

After spending half of my early education in a public high school in Berlin, New Hampshire, I moved on to spend my final two years at New Hampton School. It was there that I first experienced dormitory life with students from all over the world. I’ve always valued both my public and private school experiences, and I frequently lean on them when discussing the merits of attending Phillips Exeter with candidates. It was during my undergraduate days at Hobart College and, later as a graduate student at Dartmouth College, where I learned what it’s like to be part of a Harkness class. It was definitely challenging at first, but once I found my voice it afforded me the confidence to handle many of the future challenges that I’m faced with now, whether interviewing students, hosting Exeter Evenings on the road and even in my passion for coaching. I have coached Men’s basketball at Dartmouth College and, for the past eleven years, have coached the Boys’ Varsity team at Exeter. It’s incredibly gratifying to see our student athletes compete at a high level while balancing their academic challenges. When I think of the passion my colleagues share for working with bright, motivated kids, and the amount we get to laugh in the process, it’s easy for me to want to be a part of this team. 

I represent Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. I can be reached by email at:


Lee Young

I have been at Exeter over half my life. Originally from Kensington, New Hampshire, I began my career at Exeter as a 10th grade day student before becoming a boarding student for my last two years when my family moved to South China, Maine. After Exeter, I attended Hamilton College where I double majored in psychology and sociology and captained the field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse teams. Knowing that I wanted to be part of a residential secondary school environment, I returned to Exeter as an Admissions Officer, girls’ ice hockey coach and dorm advisor. I’m still in my first job since graduating from college in 1986. 

I never tire of meeting people from all over the world, and I feel privileged and invigorated to be a match maker for Exeter. In addition to my work in Admissions and on the ice, I have been a dorm head in both a girls’ and boys’ dormitory, an advisor to hundreds of students and the first athletic liaison for the Admissions Office. I reside near campus with my two college aged kids and two Australian Shepherds. My interests include traveling with my family, gardening and staying fit, sane and balanced.

I represent Northern Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. I can be reached at