Elizabeth M. Dolan

Dean of College Counseling
Betsy Dolan


SUNY Brockport

Tufts University


Committed to the field of education for more than 30 years, Betsy has made a career of service to young people and their mentors. She began her profession as a secondary school teacher and a coach at R.L. Thomas High School, in New York. She then completed her master’s degree in clinical psychological counseling at Tufts University, in Massachusetts, while earning a position on the United States Field Hockey squad. During graduate school, Betsy coached the university's field hockey and lacrosse teams and acted as an athletic liaison to the Admissions Office. At the time, her clinical research, which focused on stress management for adolescents and young adults, became her hallmark as a therapist. Combining a variety of skills, Betsy then committed herself to college admissions at Tufts, where she remained for 10 years. Becoming one of their senior associate directors, she was responsible for the development and implementation of policy, enrollment management and financial aid for the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Now in her 21st year at Phillips Exeter Academy, Betsy directs the College Counseling Office and is using her diverse experiences to make a difference at the independent school level. Beyond advising students, parents, faculty, alumni, and college admissions colleagues about the journey associated with the college admissions process, she is one of the co-founders of the national organization ACCIS, the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools. In 2014, Betsy was honored by ACCIS with the Marty Elkins Award for excellence in college counseling and supporting the growth and development of her professional colleagues. In 2017, ACCIS again honored Betsy for her vision and service to the industry.  Whether conducting workshops or panels on the college admissions process at the national and local level or participating in discussions about the developmental issues associated with adolescents, Betsy has established herself as an active participant in the lives of young people and their mentors.