Congratulations to our 2018 Winners!

Dennis FaccioloThe Bretnall Award

Dennis Facciolo, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, Tampa Preparatory School (FL)

Dennis began his career at the Sanford School (DE), where he held teaching and coaching positions and eventually became director of admission and enrollment management. He first joined Tampa Preparatory School in 1991 as the founding director of the middle school division, then became a founding trustee member of Academy Prep School in 2003. For the past 27 years, Dennis served as director of admissions at Tampa Preparatory School. In 2011, as a delegate of the SAIS (School of Advanced International Studies), he was invited to China to present reform ideas at the Nanshan Dialogue on Educational Reform.


David Baker 400The Gourley Award

David Baker, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, St. Mark’s School of Texas (TX)

David's career began at St. Mark’s School of Texas in 1984 as coach of the debate team. In 1999, the National Speech and Debate Association named him one of the five most successful debate coaches of the 20th century. Also in 1999, he was appointed the school’s director of admission. David has served as president of the Independent Schools Admission Association of Dallas (ISAAD) and is a faculty member of EMA’s Admission Training Institute, serving as a teacher and mentor for new admission professionals. 


The Nomination Process

Whether it's you or a tireless, dedicated colleague, we're sure you know someone who deserves an award for the work they do. Each year at our Annual Conference, outstanding admission professionals are recognized by EMA for their leadership, commitment, and contributions through the presentation of the Bretnall and Gourley awards. 

Our nomination process is driven by the community; All nominees must be affiliated with an EMA member school or organization in good standing. 

The nomination process for 2018 is closed.

William B. Bretnall Award

The Bretnall Award, named for distinguished educator and first association program director William Bretnall, is given each year to a leader and educator who has made significant contributions to the field of admission.

Everett E. Gourley Award

The Gourley Award, named for former Director of Admission and Assistant Headmaster of the Asheville School Everett Gourley, is given each year to the educator whose interest in students and concern for colleagues is an inspiration to those who serve in admission.

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