Portrait of Alan Paynter

Alan Paynter

Associate Director of Admissions, Dickinson College

Alan has been working with youth and families for more than twenty years. Nineteen years ago—prior to moving into higher education—he wore several hats as an elementary school teacher, mental health professional, and coach. He also spent several years as the Associate Executive Director of a local council of Camp Fire USA where he oversaw the development and expansion of after school programs. Alan’s work in admissions has primarily been at small liberal arts colleges where he’s spearheaded the colleges’ diversity recruitment efforts. Mr. Paynter has been a frequent guest speaker and panelist around the country on various topics surrounding the college admissions process and college access work. Alan has enjoyed publishing several local and national articles including two featured in the New York Times’ Room for Debate. Alan’s maintained active involvement in the PA Association of College Admissions Counseling and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Today, Ala