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Sally P. Springer, Associate Chancellor Emerita at the University of California, Davis, is a psychologist with over thirty-five years of experience in higher education as a professor and university administrator. She is the coauthor of Left Brain, Right Brain (published by W. H. Freeman, 1998), which was honored by the American Psychological Foundation for contributing to the public’s understanding of psychology. It has been translated into seven languages and appeared in five editions. Her second book, How to Succeed in College (Crisp Publications, 1992), is a guidebook for college freshmen. Dr. Springer received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Brooklyn College and her doctorate in psychology from Stanford University. She has served on the faculty of both SUNY Stony Brook and UC Davis. She has served as a volunteer admissions reader for the Davis campus and is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

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Jon Reider is the Director of College Counseling at San Francisco University High School, an independent 9-12 high school. Before that, he served as an admission officer at Stanford University for 15 years, rising to the post of Senior Associate Director of Admission. He has two degrees in history, including a Ph.D. from Stanford, and taught there in a freshman humanities program for 25 years, for which he won a university-wide teaching award. Previously, he was a Marshall Scholar at the University of Sussex in England and taught sociology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has also taught in the College Counseling Certificate Program at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a nationally-known speaker and essayist in the admission profession and is widely cited in the media for his candid opinions and willingness to speak hard truths. He is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and has served as the chair of its committee on Current Trends and Future Issues.


Marion R. Franck writes about family life and local and national issues in a weekly column in the Davis Enterprise. She was the founding writer of the “parents page” of UC Davis’s alumni magazine and penned feature articles for the campus’s Web-based newsletter for parents from 2002-2007. Previously, she worked at UC Davis as an advisor to new college teachers, as a lecturer in rhetoric and English, and as a counselor in the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. Ms. Franck is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University and has served as an alumna interviewer for over fifteen years. She holds a master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Wisconsin.

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