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Office Info

Glenn Building
300 North Broadway
Lexington, Kentucky, 40508-1797

(800) 872-6798
(859) 233-8242
Fax: (859) 281-3649

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST

Your admissions counselor is here to be your resource as you navigate the college search process. Our counselors travel across the country and abroad to meet with students. Look at the list below or use our map to find your counselor, and feel free to contact them with any questions at any time.

  • Ken Higgins, Director of Enrollment Strategy and Operations


    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: Connecticut, Delaware, Washington D.C., Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia

  • Deana Ison, Director of Admissions


    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: North Carolina, South Carolina
    Ky Counties: Fayette (Carter Woodson, Dunbar, Homeschool, Lafayette, Lexington Catholic, Tates Creek, The Latin School, Montessori, Sayre, STEAM Academy)

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  • Ingrid Allen, Associate Director of Admissions

    Counselor for international students

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    M.S., Psychology, Morehead State University
    B.A., Psychology, Transylvania University

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    As a 1989 Transylvania graduate, I have personally experienced the lifelong benefits afforded by a Transylvania education. I am still deeply grateful to my family for the sacrifices and investment they made many years ago in order for me to attend one of the best liberal arts colleges in the United States. As the coordinator for international student recruitment, I have the privilege of providing guidance and support to international students and families seeking an undergraduate college education in the United States.

    For the past 20 years I have dedicated my professional career to college admissions and international education. I have previously served in the admissions offices at both Transylvania University and Butler University. During my tenure with Butler's Institute for Study Abroad, I enjoyed working with domestic college students as they explored education opportunities throughout the globe. I gained valuable perspective from the other side of the college admissions desk when I served as the senior college counselor at Lexington Catholic High School. My career has required me to visit over 50 countries and 300 college and university campuses around the world.

    I’ve returned home to Transylvania and to the true joy of helping international students as they navigate their way through the college admissions process. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding your college search.

  • Johnnie Johnson, Associate Director of Admissions

    Territory Responsibilities:

    Ky Counties: Franklin, Henry, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Woodford

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    B.A., Economics & Business and Sociology, Cornell College

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    My name is Johnnie Johnson and I am the associate director of admissions in charge of operations. I earned my undergraduate degree from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where I studied economics and business and sociology. Since then I have enjoyed over 14 years of working in admissions, both in recruiting and day-to-day operations.

    I'm a big proponent of the small-college experience. The chances to not only learn from but bond with professors, live with classmates, and easily get involved in campus activities all enhance a unique learning atmosphere. I encourage you to enjoy the process, be honest with yourself when making decisions, and strongly consider Transylvania University as the place to continue your education.

  • Carly Wynn, Admissions Counselor

    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio (North), Oregon, Tennessee (Middle/West), South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming
    Ky Counties: Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, Trigg

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    B.A., Religion, Transylvania University

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    I'm originally from the Akron, Ohio area, and until the end of my senior year of high school, I had no clue where I would end up going for my college career.  Transylvania University felt like the right fit for me and I'm happy to have called it home for my four years of undergrad.  I graduated in 2014 with a degree in Religion, and two minors: in Women's Studies and Anthropology.  While at Transylvania, I took part in many organizations, ranging from band to diversity groups to student government, and even taking advantage of study abroad opportunities.

    Transylvania provides students with the opportunity to explore their interests and capabilities, both inside and out of their comfort zones, resulting in an incredible amount of personal growth. The liberal arts experience here will encourage students to take chances, whether that's by taking a class in a different subject or in a different country, trying intramurals for the first time or joining a sports team, starting a new club or running for president of a student organization. No student is the same upon leaving Transylvania as they were when they entered.

    I look forward to working with you to see if Transylvania and the experiences you'd have here are a good match for what you're looking for in a school! Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I really look forward to meeting you!

  • Sarah Guinn, Assistant Director of Admissions

    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: Florida, Georgia
    Ky Counties: Bourbon, Bracken, Clark, Fayette (Bluegrass Baptist, Bryan Station, Clays Mill Christian, Henry Clay, Lexington Christian Academy, Trinity Christian Academy), Harrison, Mason, Montgomery, Nicholas, Robertson

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    B.A., Theater, Transylvania University

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    As a Lexington native, I’m so happy that my hometown also ended up being my college home. I graduated from Transylvania in 2006 with a degree in theater and minors in English and history. As a student, you could usually find me spending time with my Greek sisters, helping with theater productions, working on The Crimson yearbook, and guiding first-year students during the orientation program.

    I love to travel (Walt Disney World being my favorite place on earth). I enjoy spending time with my loved ones (including my Corgi—Sir Reginald Fluffington), reading (especially magazines), cooking, picture-taking, scrapbooking, and watching Netflix (Buffy is a favorite).

    When it comes to making your important college choice, many schools may look the same on paper but are truly unique once you have the chance to get to know them. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunities available to you to visit campuses. Whether it’s a campus visit, overnight stay, or preview day, spending time on campus with students is the best way to determine if a campus will be where you want to spend the next several years.

    When you have questions about Transylvania, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone, send me an email or Tweet me—@PioneerSarah. I look forward to getting to know you better and being a resource to you and your family!

  • Alexandra McConnell, Admissions Counselor

    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: Alaska, Hawaii
    Ky Counties: Jefferson, Oldham

  • Annie Grisham, Admissions Counselor

    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: Ohio (South)
    Ky Counties: Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton, Trimble

  • Kelsey Huelse, Admissions Counselor

    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, East Tennessee
    Ky Counties: Allen, Barren, Breckenridge, Butler, Christian, Daviess, Edmonson, Grayson, Hancock, Hart, Henderson, Hopkins, Logan, McLean, Meade, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Simpson, Todd, Union, Warren, Webster

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    B.A, Sociology, Transylvania University

    I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, but after attending Anderson High School, I ventured down to the Bluegrass to attend Transylvania University. I graduated from Transylvania with a degree in sociology and a minor in anthropology. I was involved in a few clubs and worked in the admissions office as a tour guide. Additionally, I worked with students who volunteer in the admissions office.

    Outside of the office, I love to spend time running outdoors. I also love to have cuddle sessions with my kitten, Durkheim. I have also decided to take an adult ballet class, because I always wanted to be a ballerina. When not spending time in ballet shoes or with my kitten, I enjoy going to concerts and plays in the local parks or downtown areas.

    Coming from Transylvania University, I have the ability to relate to anyone going through the admissions process. It is my goal as your admissions counselor to make this process as exciting and fun as possible. I want to make sure that you are happy with your college decision, and visiting is the first step. So, come for a day or overnight visit and meet with me. I look forward to working with you!

  • Admissions Counselor, TBA

    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: Indiana, Michigan
    Ky Counties: Bath, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Morgan, Perry, Pike, Rowan, Wolfe

  • Bretlyn Reese, Admissions Counselor

    Territory Responsibilities:

    States: West Virginia
    Ky Counties: Adair, Anderson, Bell, Boyle, Bullitt, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Estill, Garrard, Green, Hardin, Jackson, Jessamine, Knox, Laurel, Larue, Lee, Lincoln, Madison, Marion, McCreary, Mercer, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nelson, Owsley, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Washington, Wayne, Whitley

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    B.S., Dietetics, University of Kentucky

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    In 2010, I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in dietetics. I am currently working toward an M.S. in educational policy studies in higher education. As a student, I cheered for the university athletics program and I spent the last two years working in public health. In my free time I enjoy watching collegiate and professional sports and traveling.

    I now work with students throughout Central Kentucky. I want to help both students and their families navigate the admission process. Having attended a large university and now working at Transylvania, I know both sides of the coin and I’m excited to share the benefits that Transylvania offers its students: from smaller class sizes to study abroad experiences to impressive student success stories.

    I do believe that there is a right match for each individual student, and when you find that match the end product is success. It is my desire to provide students and families with the information necessary to make the best decision so that they can experience that success.

    Please feel free to call or email me with any questions. I look forward to meeting you!

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