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R-MA Selects New Director of Enrollment Management

Ms. Clare M. Dame has been selected as the new Director of Enrollment Management at Randolph-Macon Academy. She will begin her new position on September 5, 2011, replacing Dr. Pia Crandell, who will be retiring in September after ten years at R-MA.

“Dr. Crandell has done a superb job for us over the past ten years,” said R-MA President Maj Gen Henry M. Hobgood, USAF Retired. “She not only brought our admission office to a new level, but helped make Randolph-Macon Academy the great school it is today.”

Clare Dame graduated from William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts in history. She then went on to get her masters in school counseling from James Madison University. Dame started her career in education as a part-time school counselor at Clark County High School, and later became director of admission and part-time school counselor at Powhatan in Boyce, Virginia—a position in which she served for five years. She then entered the classroom, teaching eighth grade history and speech for two years, and spent another five years at Powhatan as the full-time school counselor.  In 2010, Dame became a Community Based Counselor at the National Counseling Group. 

“Ms. Dame’s experience in a number of positions has enabled her to become a highly knowledgeable and skilled individual,” commented Hobgood. “She has shown that she is able to work with children of all ages as well as adults. She is able to act as an individual that others can come to and seek guidance. Most of all, she has a great amount of experience working as an Admissions Counselor for a first-class college preparatory school. We look forward to welcoming her to the R-MA family in September.”

Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12.  Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in a unique flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.