Veteran administrator named College Counseling Director of SCDS

Dr. Nick J. Accrocco is the new College Counseling Director

Nick J. Accrocco Ed.D.

Concluding an extensive nationwide search, The Summit Country Day School has named Nick J. Accrocco Ed.D., a 19-year veteran administrator in the private school college counseling and university admissions landscape, to the post of College Counseling Director beginning in the 2019-20 school year.   

Dr. Accrocco is Co-Director of College Counseling and a member of the Upper School Leadership Team at Ranney School in Tinton Falls, N.J. He is also a faculty member and online instructor with the Susanne M. Glasscock School for Continuing Studies: Center for College Readiness at Rice University in Houston where he teaches an internationally recognized college counseling certificate program. He replaces Maureen Ferrell who is retiring after 10 years as The Summit’s College Counseling Director and a 20-year distinguished career in the college counseling field.   

Dr. Accrocco received his doctorate in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston, a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration with a Dean’s Tuition Merit Scholarship from Vanderbilt University, a B.A. in Modern European History and Cultural Anthropology from Vanderbilt and a Certificate in College Counseling from the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). Sought-after as a speaker, he has been featured at more than a dozen college search and admissions events in Texas, Florida, New Jersey and Canada. A published author, he has a column on college admissions for the Houston Chronicle and has a book on college admissions pending publication.   

At Ranney School and before that at St. John’s School in Houston, he has helped students gain admission to top-tier colleges across the country. 

Prior to taking his current position at Ranney School, Dr. Accrocco was College Counselor/Upper School Academic Advisor at St. John’s School in Houston; Auxiliary Application Reader for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at The University of Pennsylvania; Assistant Director of Admissions at American University’s Kogod School of Business in Washington, D.C.; Admissions Counselor in Vanderbilt University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Undergraduate Tour Guide and Graduate Student Admissions Apprentice at Vanderbilt. 

"I already knew of Summit's strong reputation from my time in college admissions,” Dr. Accrocco said. “Upon coming to campus myself, I was immediately impressed with the school's culture and approach to teaching. Moreover, I felt that Summit was an institution where I could put my professional skill set to good use in service of the students and their families. I am honored to join the Summit community and eager to meet everyone." 

Head of School Rich Wilson said Dr. Accrocco was the leader among the candidates in the nationwide search. 

“Nick’s experience, credentials and connections with admissions representatives across the country put him at the top of our list,” said The Summit’s Head of School Rich Wilson. “We think we’ve found a gem who will give Summit students an advantage in the college search process.”