Jeff Kurtzman Named Director Of College Guidance At McCallie

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Jeff Kurtzman has been named director of College Counseling, a role he moved into officially following the retirement of Buck Rogers in December. Mr. Rogers served McCallie for five and a half years as director of College Counseling.

In addition, Abbie Roberts has taken a role as assistant director of College Guidance. She will continue teaching in the Foreign Languages department through the end of the school year before moving full-time to college guidance in the fall of 2013. She joins Mr. Kurtzman, Brian Beckley and Sandra Carter in the office.

Mr. Kurtzman began his McCallie career in 1993, teaching Middle School history and coaching. He moved to the College Guidance Office in 2006as an assistant director. 

“Jeff quickly displayed a passion and talent for working in college guidance,” said Kenny Sholl, associate headmaster and head of the Upper School. “He has not only developed a keen understanding of the process and a connection with many college admission personnel, but also a patience and gift for managing and guiding the students and parents through the search and application process.”

Find more information about McCallie's college guidance program at mccallie.org/college.


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