Steele Honored by the College Board
Story posted February 13, 2007
Richard E. Steele, who directed the admissions program at Bowdoin College throughout the 1990s and again during the 2005-06 academic year, has been honored by the College Board for his career in college counseling. Steele, Bowdoin’s dean of admissions and financial aid emeritus, received the Edward B. Wall Award in College Counseling on Monday, February 12, at the College Board’s New England Regional Forum in Boston.
“Dick [Steele] has touched and helped transform the lives of literally thousands of students, guided the careers of many admissions professionals, and is a gentleman who all of us have had the pleasure of calling a colleague,” noted the citation presented to Steele by the College Board.
The Wall Award recognizes service and leadership in college counseling within the membership of the College Board’s New England Regional Assembly. It honors Edward B. Wall who served as director of admission at Lawrence University and as dean of admissions at Amherst College. He also served as as the director of college counseling at Cushing Academy and as a member of the college guidance staff at Governor Dummer Academy. Wall died in October 2003.
A graduate of Harvard, Steele earned his master’s degree at the University of Vermont and his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin. Widely known for the creativity and success of his admissions programs, he is one of the most respected admissions deans in the country. Prior to coming to Bowdoin in 1991, Steele served with the admissions programs at Bates and Vassar colleges, and as admissions chief at the University of Vermont, Carleton College, and Duke University. Steel retired from Bowdoin in 2001 but returned as interim dean of admissions and financial aid in July 2005. He retired for the second time last June.
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