Gretchen Bean Bergill

Associate Director of College Counseling
​Gretchen Bergill


Colby College


Originally from Massachusetts, in 2005 Gretchen joined the College Counseling Office from the Sage Ridge School in Reno, Nevada, where she held positions of director of college counseling, registrar and director of admissions and financial aid. She began her career in college admissions immediately upon graduation from Colby College, where she worked as an assistant dean of admissions and later as a part-time reader and interviewer while enrolled in a graduate program in New England studies at the University of Southern Maine. A double major at Colby, she graduated with distinction in American Studies and spent her junior year studying at the Université de Caen, France.

At Exeter, Gretchen is interested in issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, and environmental awareness. She is a member of the Climate Change Committee and helped to plan PEA’s first Climate Action Day in February 2015. She also serves as adviser to the Ski Club and has been an academic adviser to both boarding and day students. Interested in national college counseling issues, Gretchen currently holds the position of founding schools chair for ACCIS, the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools. In August 2010 she served as director of the first-ever ACCIS Summer Colloquium; she also helped to plan the first two ACCIS Summer Institutes. Gretchen's family includes her husband, Stefan, their two children, Niklas ’14 and Ingrid ’19, and Mac the rough collie, a frequent and enthusiastic PEA visitor. The Bergill family lives off campus.